According to a release on Wednesday, a new research on the integrity and resistance to corruption of judicial systems in nine countries in South Eastern Europe (namely Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia) will be presented and discussed at the upcoming event.
The event is organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) and Transparency International (TI) Romania, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and the Chamber of Deputies of Romania, as well as with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Conference will also mark the 10th anniversary of RAI.
The research was aimed at identifying the perception of judges, prosecutors and police officers involved in investigating and judging cases of high corruption, in order to assess the independence and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, in the same time highlighting the main causes and methods impeding the criminal process in cases of high corruption.
The ultimate goal of the research is the adjustment of the legislative and institutional measures associated with anti¬corruption mechanism in the South Eastern European States to match the European and international best practice models.
Among the speakers there will be the Speaker of Romanian Deputies Chamber, Roberta Anastase, Romanian Minister of Justice, Catalin Predoiu, Moldovan Minister of Justice, Alexandru Tanase, the Secretary General with the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Dautbasic, the Executive Director of Transparency International Romania, Victor Alistar, Senior Expert with the RCC on Justice and Home Affairs, Virgil Ivan-Cucu, the President of RAI, Vesna Ratkovic, and Erhard Busek, President of the EU-Russia Centre and former special coordinator of the Stability Pact in South Eastern Europe.
Among the participants, there will be high level members of anti-corruption departments under the Interior and Justice Ministries, of the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Councils of Magistrates in the South Eastern European countries, regional organisations activating in the field of justice and home affairs, representatives of the European Union, the incumbent President of the South-East European Cooperation Process, as well as representatives of the Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD), professional associations and international experts.