Discussion on the opinions of the CCJE attended by high-ranking participants in Podgorica

  • Dr. Stefan Pürner (centre), IRZ, welcomes the German Ambassador Hans Günther Mattern (on the left)

    Dr. Stefan Pürner (centre), IRZ, welcomes the German Ambassador Hans Günther Mattern (on the left)

  • Participants during the discussions 

    Participants during the discussions 

  • Valentina Pavličić (on the right) during her lecture 

    Valentina Pavličić (on the right) during her lecture 

During a high-profile conference held on 15 May in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, the translation of the opinions of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) was presented. The publishers of the almost 400-page document (download as PDF file) had invited the Montenegrin Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution and the IRZ.

The welcoming speech by German Ambassador Hans Günther Mattern was followed by opening reports from the President of the Managing Committee for the Centre, Senka Danilovic, a judge at the High Court in Podgorica, and from Dr. Stefan Pürner from the IRZ.

The reports, which introduced selected opinions and the corresponding ECtHR case law, were presented by

  • Valentina Pavličić, government representative for Montenegro at the ECtHR and representative for Montenegro at the CCJE, and
  • Andrea Titz, President of the Bavarian Association of Judges and Director of the local court of Wolfratshausen.

Participants included presiding judges, judges at the Supreme Court and a former Minister of Justice. This composition led to multifaceted discussions, during which the qualitative demands on the contents of court decisions were also intensively discussed.

A repeated request from participants was for the topics addressed in the opinions to be discussed further at subsequent events.

The document with the translations is also being distributed by the IRZ in other countries in the region, which have (very) similar languages.

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.