Befitted kick-off meeting of the new EU Twinning Project “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia”

Katharina Tegeder, IRZ; Marko Jovanović, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance; Lidija Stojanovic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications; Yngve Engström, EU Delegation; H.E. Anders Christian Hougård, Embassy of Denmark; Leonie Reimers, Embassy of Germany; Michael Poulsen, MS Twinning Project leader (from left to right)
Katharina Tegeder, IRZ; Marko Jovanović, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance; Lidija Stojanovic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications; Yngve Engström, EU Delegation; H.E. Anders Christian Hougård, Embassy of Denmark; Leonie Reimers, Embassy of Germany; Michael Poulsen, MS Twinning Project leader (from left to right)
Serbia

Under the leadership of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), the IRZ is the junior partner responsible for this EU twinning project. The project was officially launched on 29th May 2019 at the premises of the Club of Members of Parliament in Belgrade.

The high-level speakers at this event included:

  • Yngve Engström, Head of sector for cooperation at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia,
  • Lidija Stojanovic, Assistant Minister, Sector for Market Inspection in the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications,
  • H.E. Anders Christian Hougård, Embassy of Denmark in Serbia,
  • Leonie Reimers, Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, and
  • Marko Jovanović, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance - Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU).

Their participation underlined the importance of the mission.

The magnitude and effects of counterfeiting and piracy are of such significance that they compel strong and sustained action from governments, business and consumers. More efficient protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical in this regard, as is the need to build public support to fight against counterfeiting and piracy.

EU twinning, as a tool of integration and pre-accession assistance, should help to meet these challenges at an early stage, thus being a cornerstone for effectively and successfully conducting the accession negotiations with the European Union.

The project will run for a total of 24 months, with a budget of EUR 1.5 million.

The project partner in Serbia is the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. The implementation of this project specifications takes place within the framework of regular seminars, workshops and study visits in close cooperation with the respective Serbian project partners.

The project: Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia

Funded by the European Union

Conference on the professional responsibilities of notaries

Lovro Tomašić and Richard Bock, German Federal Chamber of Notaries; Srbislav Cvejić and Sava Dedajić, Serbian Chamber of Notaries; Miroslav Đorđević, IRZ (from left to right)
Lovro Tomašić and Richard Bock, German Federal Chamber of Notaries; Srbislav Cvejić and Sava Dedajić, Serbian Chamber of Notaries; Miroslav Đorđević, IRZ (from left to right)
Serbia

In May 2019, the IRZ, together with the Serbian Chamber of Notaries and the German Federal Chamber of Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer or BNotK), organised a conference on the professional responsibilities of notaries. The event met with such a great level of interest that the same topics were discussed on both the 27 and 28 May.

The event was opened on each occasion by the President of the Serbian Chamber of Notaries, Srbislav Cvejić, the former Vice-President of the BNotK, the former notary Justizrat Richard Bock, and the local representative of the IRZ, Miroslav Đorđević.

Notaries Sava Dedajić from Stara Pazova and Aleksandar Mrkaljević from Smederevo outlined the professional aspects from the Serbian point of view. The situation in Germany was presented by notaries Richard Bock and Dr. Lovro Tomašić. The latter gave his speech in Serbian.

The German speakers explained the professional duties of notaries using specific cases as examples. They emphasised the fact that, under German law, notaries not only have to point out any risks, they also have to actively suggest ways offering the best possible protection for each party. They also presented the high requirements of German case law for the professional activity of notaries.

As had been the case the previous year, the subject of the conference, which was decided by all three partners, met with a great deal of interest. A total of 175 notaries and notarial staff took part in the event. The conference was part of the IRZ’s efforts to support Serbia as part of the EU’s strategy for the Western Balkans and strengthens the role of notaries' offices in the administration of justice.

Expert talks on the Model Declaratory Action (“Musterfeststellungsklage”) in Belgrade

Čedomir Backović, Deputy Minister, Serbian Ministry of Justice; Dr. Stefan Pürner, Head of Section at the IRZ;  Dr. Claudia Alfons, BMJV;  Miroslav Đorđević, LL.M., IRZ local staff in Serbia (from left to right)
Čedomir Backović, Deputy Minister, Serbian Ministry of Justice; Dr. Stefan Pürner, Head of Section at the IRZ; Dr. Claudia Alfons, BMJV; Miroslav Đorđević, LL.M., IRZ local staff in Serbia (from left to right)
Serbia

On 21 May 2019, expert talks organised by the IRZ in partnership with the Serbian Ministry of Justice took place in Belgrade. During the discussions, a group from the Serbian Ministry of Justice working on the reform of the Serbian code of civil procedure was able to learn about the model declaration, as well as about other regulations under civil law, which should enable consumers to execute their rights.

Once the event had been opened by the Assistant Minister for European Integration and International Projects, Čedomir Backović, who is also head of the negotiation team for Chapter 23, Dr. Claudia Alfons, representing Section R A 2 “Civil Procedure, Labour Tribunal Proceedings” at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, presented the history and legislation of the model declaratory action. The participants also learned about the register of model declaratory actions held by the German Federal Office of Justice.

The scope of the subjects presented and subsequently discussed was inevitably broad. They ranged from the reasons for developing the claims as declaratory actions and not actions for performance to the potential options for formulating claims. There was a particular emphasis on the fact that new statutory provisions should make it easier for consumers to enforce the law but should not themselves create new laws.

Participants in the expert talks were also provided with translations of the relevant provisions of the German ZPO (code of civil procedure), the legal justification of the new provisions for the model declaratory action, the decree for the register of model declaratory actions and other documents on the civil aspects of consumer protection in Germany.