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Conference on Challenges in Enforcing Judgements in Serbia

24 11 2017

Conference on Challenges in Enforcing Judgements in Serbia

On November 24, 2017, in Belgrade, USAID joined forces with other donors (the European Union, the World Bank and the Council of Europe) in facilitating a conference on challenges in the implementation of the Law on Enforcement and Security. The event was a culmination of five roundtables held throughout Serbia in the previous months. The conference brought together over 80 judges and public enforcement officers from across Serbia, fostering the atmosphere of open dialogue and exchange of experience.

With guidance from the judges of the Supreme Court of Cassation, conference participants discussed issues observed in practice (the Law has been in force since July 2016) requiring further clarification, particularly through case law harmonization. The event was also an opportunity to gain insight into the practices of the European Court for Human Rights regarding enforcement cases. A comparative assessment of different systems of enforcement of judgements in place in countries of the region was also presented, with particular emphasis on enforcing utility cases, enabling automated data exchange between all stakeholders in enforcement (and implications for personal data protection) and introducing mechanisms such as personal insolvency to reduce the duration and costs of the enforcement procedure.

USAID supported the participation of public enforcement officers in the event as their presence was deemed key in ensuring a comprehensive view of issues identified in practice and formulating next steps in refining the practices across the board to ensure timely and less costly enforcement procedure with consistent and predictable outcomes for citizens and businesses in Serbia. Such wide stakeholder participation was also a good opportunity to present the USAID Rule of Law project and its interventions on enhancing the system for enforcement of judgments that will target both the courts and enforcement officers.

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