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Round Table on the Results of the First Cycle of Regular Supervision over the Work of Public Enforcement Officers

06 12 2019

Round Table on the Results of the First Cycle of Regular Supervision over the Work of Public Enforcement Officers

Today in Belgrade, a roundtable on the topic of results and conclusions from the first cycle of regular supervision over the work of Public Enforcement Officers (PEOs) that was conducted earlier this year was organized by the Chamber of Public Enforcement Officers and supported by the USAID Rule of Law Project.

In accordance to the Law, supervision over the work of public enforcement officers is exercised by the Ministry of Justice, but also by the Chamber. This oversight can be regular and extraordinary. Until recently, the Chamber has been conducting extraordinary supervision in the cases of complaints on the work of the public enforcement officers. However, at the beginning of this year, the Chamber organized the work of 35 oversight committees who checked the work of all public enforcement officers and drafted 190 reports in the period from April to September. The oversight was conducted in line with the previously defined set of criteria related to business premises, equipment, cases, number of staff, records and alignment of electronic records and the actual status of cases, archiving, etc. A summary report on the findings was compiled and presented during the roundtable.

As the President of the Chamber of Public Enforcement Officers, Aleksandra Trešnjev, pointed out in opening the event today, ’the supervision has to be the predominant activity of the Chamber as no one has a greater vested interest in preventing irregularities in the procedure and no one is at the same time as aware of the complexities of enforcement as we are’. Director of the USAID Rule of Law Project Marc Lassman stated that the maturity of a profession is evidenced in the ability to self-regulate.

After the report on the oversight findings was presented, plenary sessions on the topic of experience and practices observed during the supervision exercise were held. This was accompanied by group work during which the event participants formulated their opinions on the need to develop a set of guidelines and instructions for conducting oversight, invest further efforts on standardizing the operational procedures, equipment, number of staff, etc. as well as organize training and further capacity building for those public enforcement officers carrying out oversight activities.

USAID Rule of Law Project will continue to support efforts of the Chamber to further standardize the proceedings both through developing the Manual of Inspection, as well as through formulating our contribution to finalizing the drafting of professional standards for public enforcement officers, as well as through continuous training and other technical assistance.

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