From left to right: E. Pfaff, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Munich; Dr P. Schneiderhan, Senior Public Prosecutor in Stuttgart and Member of the Executive Committee of the German Association of Judges; M.l Haußner, State Secretary, ret. and Permanent Advisor to the Montenegrin Minister of Justice.

E. Pfaff, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Munich; Dr P. Schneiderhan, Senior Public Prosecutor in Stuttgart and Member of the Executive Committee of the German Association of Judges; M.l Haußner, State Secretary, ret. and Permanent Advisor to the Montenegrin Minister of Justice (from left to right)

The IRZ organised expert talks on "the Introduction of a Special Public Prosecutor's Office for the Fight against Corruption" in cooperation with the Judicial Training Centre of Montenegro in Podgorica on 23/24 October 2014.

The two-day expert talk covered the systematics and technique of corruption investigations in the various typical fields of corruption such as the construction industry, civil service and administration of services, invitations to tender and municipal administration, with a focus on the cooperation between the public prosecutor's office and the police. The IRZ provided the participants with translations of the German Code of Criminal Procedure and the Guidelines for Criminal Proceedings and Proceedings Concerning Regulatory Offences in their own language which met with great interest.

It was outlined during the talks which techniques exist to retrieve information and evidence, and the cross-border cooperation between judicial bodies was intensively discussed, in particular recent European instruments such as the investigation order, the European arrest warrant, Eurojust and the European Judicial Network.

The speakers were Eduard Pfaff, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Munich, Dr Peter Schneiderhan, Senior Public Prosecutor in Stuttgart and Member of the Executive Committee of the German Association of Judges, as well as Michael Haußner, State Secretary, ret. and Permanent Advisor to the Montenegrin Minister of Justice. The expert talk was attended by twelve Montenegrin public prosecutors, judges and members of the Ministry.

The event is part of the support which the IRZ provides to Montenegro, which has been an EU accession candidate since December 2010.