This regional meeting to improve disaster risk reduction practices at a local level will take place in Belgrade on 26 November 2014.
The seminar will focus on tightening co-operation between the civil society and local authorities to better respond to natural disasters caused by floods.
Participants include authorities in charge of emergency situations and water management, and Aarhus Centers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Four international experts will present success stories and best practises on public engagement in addressing flood risks.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 12 police victim co-ordinators will participate in an-OSCE training course in Kovacica.
The training course will focus on structured and systematic ways of evaluating safety and minimizing the risk of repeated violence against women in family and in intimate partner relationships.
The event is organized by the OSCE Mission to Serbia’s Law Enforcement Department in partnership with the Swedish National Police Board (SNPB) Program in Serbia and the Serbian Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry of Interior has established a network of 54 police victim co-ordinators in all regional police districts throughout Serbia in order to develop a system of measures to ensure protection and support for victims of violence.
Capacity building of police victim co-ordinators in structured and human rights based interviewing and evaluation of safety risks of victims of violence in family and intimate partner relationships has been the core of the support the OSCE provided in 2014.
Jan Joensson, Program Manager of the OSCE Mission’s Organized Crime Unit and Hans Jarvestam, Program Manager of the Swedish National Police Board Program in Serbia will open training course.
Journalists are invited to participate at the opening of the training course, from 09:00 to 09:30 hrs.
Some 25 representatives from different Serbian law enforcement agencies will enhance their knowledge of EU Value Added Tax (VAT) frauds and the EU legislation in relation to VAT fraud.
This seminar aims to raise awareness of the Serbian law enforcement authorities about the new trends of VAT frauds in the EU.
Participants will also learn about EU challenges in this area and ways the EU tackles this issue in co-operation with non-EU countries.
Four experts from the leading EU-institutions dealing with these issues - Europol (the European Union’s Law Enforcement Agency), Eurojust (the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit) and Eurofisc (EU Network of National Officials to Detect and Combat cross-border VAT Fraud) will introduce recent trends and developments of VAT-fraud in the EU, and related money-laundering typologies.
Aleksandar Nikolic, Serbian Ministry of Interior’s State Secretary, and Denise Mazzolani, the OSCE Mission to Serbia Head of the Law Enforcement Department, will open the seminar.
The ways to prevent violence and improve safety at sports events in line with best international and local practices will be the focus of a conference that will open on Monday in Belgrade.
The conference aims to support the implementation of the National Strategy on the fight against misconduct at sports events, provide international examples of evidence based policing practices and help stimulate further activity to prevent hooliganism.
Participants will include police officials, representatives of the Serbian Football Association and football clubs.
Experts from Italy, Serbia, Sweden and the UK will share their experiences in addressing issues related to football hooliganism, role of the police, intelligence gathering and data sharing, legislation and stadium design.
Vanja Udovičić, Minister of Youth and Sports; Milosav Miličković, State Secretary of the Interior; and Ambassador Peter Burkhard, the Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, will open the event.
Holiday Inn Hotel, Španskih boraca 74, in Belgrade.
A two-day OSCE Mission to Serbia capacity-building training course on community-based flood risk reduction opens on 14 October in Banja Koviljaca.
The event will address the challenges of torrential floods and the role of local authorities in developing effective risk, preparedness and response mechanisms with stronger community engagement that will ultimately contribute to the establishment of a society resilient to floods.
Participants will include representatives of local authorities and civil society organizations from five Western Serbian municipalities of Ljubovija, Loznica, Mali Zvornik, Osecina and Krupanj, severely hit by the floods in May 2014
Lectures delivered in the course of training will focus on the benefits of closer collaboration among local stakeholders aimed at reducing the vulnerability to natural hazards and stronger involvement of the civil society.
Banja Koviljaca, Hotel Royal Spa, Narodnog fronta 42
Some 50 Serbian public prosecutors, tax police, and criminal police officers will expand their knowledge on prevention and suppression of financial crime at a training course to take place in Belgrade on 6 October.
The event aims to help the authorities to better combat financial crime. Participants will learn the newest methods in tax fraud and financial investigation through practical exercises.
During the even the recently published Financial Crime Investigation Manual will also be launched. The manual is a guidebook for Serbian investigators on how to conduct financial investigations in line with the Serbian law and rules of procedure. It was developed by a working group of Serbian experts formed by the Mission and the U.S. Embassy.
Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Michael Uyehara and Deputy Chief of Mission U.S. Embassy Belgrade Gordon Duguid will speak at the opening of the event.
On 6 October 2014, the Government of Serbia Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, and the Bujanovac Branch of the Subotica Economics Faculty of Novi Sad University organized an opening ceremony marking the start of the new academic year.
The Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia Ambassador Peter Burkhard welcomed the fourth-generation of students.
Subotica Faculty of Economics, Novi Sad University in Bujanovac
18 crime analysts from the Interior Ministries of Serbia, fYRoM and Montenegro will learn methods to gather and analyse criminal trends within an OSCE-supported project that will be launched on 3rd October.
The project “Enhancing Capacities for Strategic Analysis and Strategic Assessment in the Criminal Investigation Directorates of the Serbian, Montenegrin and fYROM Ministries of Interior” aims to develop police capacity in assessing serious and organized crime threats in accordance to EUROPOL standards.
Milosav Milićković, Serbian Ministry of Interior State Secretary, fYROM’s Assistant Head of the Sector for Criminal Intelligence Analysis Tatjana Groševa, , Head of Department for Special Operational Analysis, Ministry of Interior of Montenegro Nikola Rogošić, Ambassador of Swiss Confederation, Jean-Daniel Ruch and Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Ambassador Peter Burkhard are expected to speak at the project launch ceremony.
The project is a joint effort of the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Serbian Interior Ministry, developed in close co-operation with Interior Ministries of Montenegro and fYROM. It is financially supported under the Swiss Regional Police Co-operation Programme in the Western Balkans (SPCP) by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC).
November 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Law on Free Access to Information and Public Importance in Serbia and election of Rodoljub Sabic as the first Serbian Commissioner in December 2004.
The ceremony will highlight the role of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and promote the rights stipulated by the Law on Free Access to Information and Public Importance.
As part of the ceremony, state institutions which contributed the most to the advancement of the right to free access to information will publically be reconized and receive awards.
This two-day event aims at building capacity of the newly appointed judges to embrace the new role and gett them acquainted with international and national standards and mechanisms.
The seminar follows the recent entry into force of the new Law on Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions. From 1 September 2014, every Higher Court shall have a judge for enforcement of criminal sanctions to further protect the rights of convicted and remand prisoners, and to oversee the legality of criminal sanctions enforcement.
Some 25 judges responsible for monitoring enforcement of criminal sanctions in Serbian high courts will attend this event.
Hotel Falkensteiner, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 10K, Belgrade