To mark the beginning of a new commercial mediation project in Serbia, a conference COMMERCIAL MEDIATION: PAST EXPERIENCES AND FUTURE CHALLENGES was held at the Palace of Serbia on 28 October 2016
This Project is implemented by European Centre for Dispute Resolution – ECDR (Slovenia), ADR Centre (Italy), ADR Group (UK), Partners for Democratic Change Serbia, with participation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, and Judicial Academy, and support by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and UK Investment Climate and Governance Fund.
The Conference was attended by over 120 mediators, attorneys, presidents of the basic and commercial courts, judges, business men and representatives of regional chambers of commerce. The participants were addressed by his Excellency Mr. Denis Keefe, the Ambassador of UK to Serbia, Mr. Daniel Berg, director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for Serbia, Mr. Čedomir Backović, Assistant Minister for European Integration at the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dragomir Milojević, President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Mr. Miroslav Miletić, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Mr. Dragoljub Đorđević, President of the Bar Association of Serbia, Mr. Nenad Vujić, Director of the Judicial Academy and Blažo Nedić (Partners Serbia) and Aleš Zalar, the former Minister of Justice of Slovenia and Commercial Mediation Project team leader. All attendees stressed the importance of this Project and expressed expectations that mediation will be a big step in implementation of alternative dispute resolution and increase the judicial efficiency in Serbia.
A roundtable on “How to improve quality of services and increase demand for mediation in Serbia?” was held in the second part of the Conference. The panelists were Mrs. Gordana Ajnšpiler Popović, Judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Mrs. Ivana Ninčić, Consultant for the Reform of Legal Professions, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Nebojša Đuričić, Judge of the Second Basic Court in Belgrade, Mrs. Gordana Mihailović, practicing lawyer and mediator, Mrs. Božana Jakišić, Coordinator of the Bureau of Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Mrs. Nevenka Tomašević, Manager for NPLs in Addiko Group, and Mrs. Jasmina Milutinović, President of the Bar Association of Čačak. It was emphasized that the main task of the project should be to offer ADR to the business community in order to facilitate resolution of commercial disputes through mediation as more economical and efficient way, which will provide a significant contribution to creating a more favourable environment for new investments and economic development in Serbia in general.
As a part of the Project, the capacity of the Centre for Services and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce for providing mediation services will be increased, and a number of mediators from the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia and the Judicial Academy will be trained as future trainers. In addition, support will be provided to several law schools in Serbia in order to include mediation in their regular curricula.
For more information about this event, and more details of the Project, please contact Partners for Democratic Change Serbia.