Report on visit to DG Justice, freedom and security and DG Enlargement - Brussels - 17-18 September 2014
Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, met with representatives of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and representatives of DJ Justice dealing with IPA fund. Delegation of the Ministry of Justice was composed of Čedomir Backović, Deputy Minister for European Integration and International Projects and Head of the Negotiating Group for Chapter 23, Vladimir Vukićević, consultant for human rights, Milica Ostojić, legal adviser in Ministry of Justice, sector for European Integration and International Projects. Special Mission of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels also took part in the meeting composed of: M. Todorović, A.Bošković i J. Jevtović. On the first day of visit Serbian delegation held two meetings. Theme of the first meeting was: Serbia’s participation as observer in the Fundamental Rights Agency – the next steps. Representatives of FRA presented which are the next steps that need to be done for obtaining observer status at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Financial participation plan was presented and procedure restoring part of the funds through IPA funds was explained. Theme of the second meeting was information and discussion on Serbia’s possible participation in the two new EU programmes under the responsibility of DG Justice, i.e. the EU “Justice” programme and the EU “Rights, equality and citizenship” programme, for the period 2014-2020. At this meeting, the procedures for the application was presented and gave us instructions how to get more detailed information about this programs. On the second day Serbian delegation held Meeting with representatives of DJ enlargement regarding comments on the Action Plan for Chapter 23 Representatives of the European Commission that took part in the meeting were as follows: M. Ferran, chief of Department for Serbia, C. Makridis, deputy chief of Department for Serbia, S. Zwaenepoel, D. Kudelova and F. Marchall from Department for Serbia. Delegation of the Ministry of Justice was composed of Čedomir Backović, Deputy Minister for European Integration and International Projects and Head of the Negotiating Group for Chapter 23, Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team with the European Union, Vladimir Vukićević, Milica Ostojić, Special Mission of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels also took part in the meeting composed of: M. Todorović, A.Bošković i J. Jevtović. Theme of the meeting were the comments of the European Commission on the Action Plan for Chapter 23, which was previously sent by Ministry of Justice. Representatives of the European Commission estimated the initial draft of the Action Plan as very good. They shared their comments on the general and specific. Comments are technical and substantive, refer to the methodology in the preparation of the Action Plan and on specific provisions in all three parts of the Action Plan. Future dynamics of development of the action plan was proposed, and more meetings on this topic were announced.