Expert Talks about the Introduction of a Special Public Prosecutor’s Office

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.

Guest Programme of the German Federal Government: Southeast European experts visit IRZ

On the occasion of the First World War Centenary the Foreign Offices of Germany and France invited a number of multipliers from the states of former Yugoslavia which are no EU members yet to visit major institutions of the two countries. The programme in Berlin, which took place in early November 2014, also included a visit to the local IRZ office where the IRZ presented its work funded by the Foreign Office with German funds for Southeast Europe. Many of the guests were already familiar with the IRZ's work in their home countries. Kosovo's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Petrit Selime, for instance, pointed out the IRZ's support provided to the Kosovar Constitutional Court. Mr Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, the former Foreign Minister of Montenegro and current foreign policy adviser and NATO coordinator of the Prime Minister, thanked the State Secretary Michael Haußner, ret., for his commitment. He said that Mr Haußner supported his country as a long-term adviser to the Vice Premier and Minister of Justice, Mr Dusko Markovic, on behalf of the IRZ in its EU approximation process. There was a long discussion during the meeting about the importance of the work carried out to promote the rule of law during the transformation process of the states of Southeast Europe and the joint Continental - European roots of these partner states and Germany.

The IRZ event was followed by talks with State Minister Michael Roth in the Federal Foreign Office, the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South-Eastern Europe and the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The expert delegation furthermore visited the German Bundestag and the Federal Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation. Then the group travelled to France where they were the guests of the French Foreign Office.

Montenegro: Notaries’ Working Visit

Participants of the Workshops

Participants of the Workshops

A densely packed programme awaited a delegation of Montenegrin notaries during a working visit in Bonn and Cologne in early October 2014 jointly organised by the Rheinische Notarkammer, the Chamber of Notaries of Montenegro and the IRZ. This event was an activity within the long-standing partnership between the notaries of the Regional Court District of Bonn and the notaries in Montenegro which both have approximately the same number of notaries and comparable population sizes

This partnership was initiated at the own initiative of the notaries' associations involved. Its main focus is on the support of the notary system established in Montenegro three years ago through an exchange of experience between practitioners. The varied programme of the visiting notaries, headed by the Deputy President of the Montenegrin Chamber of Notaries, Darko Curic, and accompanied by the Head of the Notary Division of the Montenegrin Ministry of Justice, Jadranka Vuckovic, included a visit to the Regional Court of Bonn. The delegation was welcomed by the President of the Regional Court, Gräfin Margarete von Schwerin, followed by a visit to the Commercial Register and the Land Register. The Judge at the Regional Court, Walter Cuno, gave a presentation about the "Conversion of the Commercial Register and the Land Register" into e-registers. Thereupon the delegation visited the IRZ where it was welcomed by IRZ Director Dirk Mirow. At this meeting, the group learnt about the experience and role of the IRZ during the transformation of law in Southeast Europe in general and in the field of the notary system in particular.

The Montenegrin delegation also visited a notary's office where it obtained detailed information about office organisation and different procedures, with electronic communication being in the focus of interest here as well. At the premises of the Rheinische Notarkammer the delegation then discussed the function, organisation and work procedures of a chamber of notaries. The programme was rounded off by a presentation about the topic "Drafting and Processing of Property Development Contracts" given by the Bonn-based notary Dr Hanns-Jakob Pützer who is also the initiator of the partnership.