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.