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Serbia - Assistance to the Ministry of Justice for the constitutional reform in the field of the judiciary

28/11/2017 - 30/11/2017

Belgrade - An expert of the Venice Commission is in Belgrade on 27 November to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Justice with respect to drafting constitutional amendments in the field of the judiciary. The expert will meet with the Minister of Justice, the Director of the Judicial Academy, and other relevant national authorities as well as representatives of the Civil Society Organisations.

This activity is financed by the "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", a Joint Programme funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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