Expert talks held in Podgorica on the fight against corruption and organised crime

  • Michael Haußner, regular IRZ advisor to the Ministry of Justice in Montenegro; Srecko Rakocevic, interpreter; Public Prosecutor Katja Anders (from left to right)

    Michael Haußner, regular IRZ advisor to the Ministry of Justice in Montenegro; Srecko Rakocevic, interpreter; Public Prosecutor Katja Anders (from left to right)

  • Veselin Mazić, Secretary General of the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro

    Veselin Mazić, Secretary General of the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro

  • Public Prosecutor Katja Anders and Senior Public Prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt with interpreter Srečko Rakočević (from left to right)

    Public Prosecutor Katja Anders and Senior Public Prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt with interpreter Srečko Rakočević (from left to right)

  • Milivoje Katnić (left), Head of the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro, and Mira Samardzić, Public Prosecutor at the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office

    Milivoje Katnić (left), Head of the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro, and Mira Samardzić, Public Prosecutor at the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office

From 4 to 6 October 2016, expert talks were held in Podgorica/Montenegro between the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro and the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office on the fight against corruption and organised crime. These expert talks were led by Senior Public Prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt and Public Prosecutor Katja Anders on behalf of the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office. The guests from Germany were welcomed to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Montenegro by the Head of the Specialist Public Prosecutor's Office of Montenegro, Milivoje Katnić.

This exchange of expertise was part of the continued cooperation between the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro and the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office, which began in Berlin in July 2016 with a visit from the Specialist Public Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro. The expert talks are part of the working plan to implement the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Justice for Montenegro and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

The discussions and exchanges focussed on investigative methods used to fight corruption and organised crime, as well as on the legal situation and practice in Montenegro. In particular, the cooperation between the police and the Public Prosecutor’s Office was addressed. In this context, talks were also held with the specially established section of the police.

The open and lively discussions provided the representatives of the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office with a precise insight into the legal situation and practice in Montenegro. This very harmonious and positive cooperation is set to continue next year.

Telecommunications surveillance: The public prosecutor’s office of Montenegro attends talks in Berlin

  • Ministerial advisor Aleksandra Albrecht, head of International Legal Cooperation, Protocol, BMJV; Karla Brambati, speaker for the BMJV; Dr. Susanne Claus, speaker for the BMJV; Dr. Beatrix Lindner, speaker the BMJV; Saša Čadjenović, specialist public prosecutor for Montenegro (from left to right)

    Ministerial advisor Aleksandra Albrecht, head of International Legal Cooperation, Protocol, BMJV; Karla Brambati, speaker for the BMJV; Dr. Susanne Claus, speaker for the BMJV; Dr. Beatrix Lindner, speaker the BMJV; Saša Čadjenović, specialist public prosecutor for Montenegro (from left to right)

  • Dr. Beatrix Lindner, speaker for the BMJV;  Saša Čadjenović, specialist public prosecutor for Montenegro; Milivoje Katnić, head of the specialist public prosecutor

    Dr. Beatrix Lindner, speaker for the BMJV; Saša Čadjenović, specialist public prosecutor for Montenegro; Milivoje Katnić, head of the specialist public prosecutor's office of Montenegro (left to right)

  • At the public prosecutor general’s office of Berlin. In the back: senior public prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt; Christoph Rolle, interpreter; Saša Čadjenović, specialist public prosecutor’s office. In the centre: Veselin Mazić, specialist public prosecutor’s office; Dr. Elvira Veselinović, interpreter; Ralf Rother, public prosecutor general’s office; Milivoje Katnić, head of the specialist public prosecutor’s office. In the front: Dragana Radisavljevic, IRZ; Michael Haußner, judicial undersecretary of Thuringia  (left to right)

    At the public prosecutor general’s office of Berlin. In the back: senior public prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt; Christoph Rolle, interpreter; Saša Čadjenović, specialist public prosecutor’s office. In the centre: Veselin Mazić, specialist public prosecutor’s office; Dr. Elvira Veselinović, interpreter; Ralf Rother, public prosecutor general’s office; Milivoje Katnić, head of the specialist public prosecutor’s office. In the front: Dragana Radisavljevic, IRZ; Michael Haußner, judicial undersecretary of Thuringia (left to right)

  • Ralf Rother, pprosecutor general (left); Milivoje Katnić, head of the specialist public prosecutor

    Ralf Rother, pprosecutor general (left); Milivoje Katnić, head of the specialist public prosecutor's office of Montenegro

From 4 to 6 July 2016, expert discussions were held between the public prosecutor’s office of Montenegro, which specialises in fighting organised crime and corruption, the public prosecutor’s office in Berlin and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) in Berlin. These talks are part of the action plan to implement the momorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro and the BMJV.

On the German side, senior public prosecutor Thorsten Cloidt and public prosecutor Katja Anders held talks with the head of the specialist public prosecutor’s office of Montenegro, Milivoje Katnić, and specialist public prosecutors, Sasa Čadjenović and Veselin Mazić.

The focus of the working visit was on the requirements for telecommunications surveillance measures and their practical application. The talks were held at the public prosecutor’s office in Berlin and at the public prosecutor general’s office in Berlin, where the guests were welcomed by the public prosecutor general Ralf Rother and senior public prosecutor Thomas Fels.

The speakers from the BMJV, Dr. Susanne Claus (“criminal proceedings, investigative proceedings and enforcement measures” division) and Karla Brambati (“competition law; telecommunications and media law; foreign trade law” division) introduced the guests from Montenegro to the legal requirements and the current legal situation in Germany.

The specialist public prosecutors were given a practical insight into telecommunications surveillance measures on a visit to the State Office of Criminal Investigation in Berlin, where they were informed about the technical side of proceedings and given a practical demonstration.

The exchange of experiences was regarded as very valuable by the delegation from Montenegro, since the specialist public prosecutor’s office of Montenegro was established only a year ago.

As well as telecommunications surveillance measures, the focus was also on the cooperation between the public prosecutor’s office and the police during investigative proceedings. As the legal provisions in Germany and Montenegro are similar, it was very helpful for the guests to learn about German practices and the knowledge they have gained will be used to establish future practices in Montenegro.

The talks were considered by both sides to be very cooperative and fruitful and there are plans for further talks in the autumn, with a return visit to Montenegro by the Berlin public prosecutor’s office.

German section of the International Commission of Jurists makes its annual trip to Montenegro

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger (left), a judge at the German Constitutional Court and honorary Secretary General of the German section of the International Commission of Jurists

    Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger (left), a judge at the German Constitutional Court and honorary Secretary General of the German section of the International Commission of Jurists

  • Desanka Lopičić (centre), President of the Constitutional Court of Montenegro, during her presentation

    Desanka Lopičić (centre), President of the Constitutional Court of Montenegro, during her presentation

From 29 to 31 March 2016, the German section of the International Commission of Jurists visited Podgorica in Montenegro for their annual trip, which the IRZ helped to organise. German law professionals from various specialist fields took part in the trip, including Professor Dr. Michael Eichberger and Professor Dr. Andreas Paulus, two practising judges at the German Constitutional Court.

The delegation held talks with the Minister of Justice for Montenegro, Zoran Pažin, the President of the Constitutional Court, Desanka Lopičić, the President of the Parliament, Ranko Krivokapić, and representatives of various non-governmental organisations and specialised public prosecution offices. The programme also included an introduction by the German Ambassador, Gudrun Steinacker, and an embassy reception.

The wide range of professional profiles covered by both the German and the Montenegrin participants in this event gave both sides the opportunity to hold open, and sometimes also controversial, discussions.

For the Montenegrin project partners of the IRZ, the meeting with German law professionals represented an excellent opportunity to learn first hand about current trends in German law. Likewise, the visitors were given a broader insight into the current legal situation in Montenegro.

The visit from the German section of the International Commission of Jurists to Montenegro is another good example of the synergy effects, which the IRZ achieves through its many years of networking in its partner countries.