Partners for Democratic Change Serbia and Law Scanner organized the Conference “Combating Corruption in Serbia – Achievements and Challenges” on 17th and 18th June 2014 in Belgrade.
More than 80 representatives of local self governments, independent institutions and other public institutions, civil society organizations, international organizations and international experts participated at the Conference.
The first day of the Conference was dedicated to prevention of corruption. Representative of the Anti-corruption Agency, Katarina Simic, presented the work of the Agency in the field of integrity plans. Anti-corruption expert Ana Vasilache (Romania) presented an innovative methodology for preventing corruption in institutions vested with public powers that has been successfully implemented in the Region, as well as in two municipalities and one medical center in Serbia, as a part of the aforementioned Project. Ivana Korajlić, expert from Transparency Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented the work of this organization in utilizing Free Access to Information Law in controlling the work of institutions vested with public powers.
During the second panel, representatives of the City Municipality of Pantelej, the Municipality of Beocin, and General hospital Djordje Joanovic from Zrenjanin presented results of their work in recognizing procedures that are vulnerable to corruption and action plans for improving such procedures. The staff of three selected institutions were assisted by members of Partners Serbia, Mena group d.o.o. and Law Scanner during the process.
During the second day of the event, Marina Mijatović (Law Scanner) presented the results of the Analysis of the corruption case-law in Serbian courts. Daniel Linhardt, Criminal Law expert of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) presented his experiences in proceedings of corruption related crimes in the United States of America.
Finally, during the final session, three concurrent working groups were organized. Participants were given chance to discuss issues and adopt recommendations for enhancing the role of civil society in fight against corruption, improving the mechanisms for combating corruption in health sector, as well as for including the public servants in activities aimed at preventing corruption.
The results of the Case Law Analysis, the work in three public institutions, ans final project recommendations will be published in the final project publication by the end of June 2014.