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Technical assistance to the West Balkans being delivered online

Published Thursday October 08 2020

Within the framework of the Luxembourg Technical Assistance Co-operation Programme for Serbia “Strengthening Capacities to Implement EU Law”, the European Institute for Public Administration’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (EIPA Luxembourg) delivered a 2-day online training event for members of the Serbian judiciary on Current issues and practical questions regarding the European Arrest Warrant.  The training was live streamed on 10-11 September 2020 and financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The training provided a practice-based overview of how to issue and how to execute an European Arrest Warrant (EAW).  The training incorporated the current case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union with respect to how to accommodate fundamental rights concerns in executing the EAW, in general and in particular with respect to the right of fair trial and prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, etc. These points are important in general, but also in the light of the ongoing negotiations between Serbia and the European Union, and Serbia’s candidacy for EU membership. Participants were understandably particularly interested in how to practically fill out the EAW form, so considerable time was devoted to that matter as well.

The participants were judges and prosecutors from the Serbian judiciary and prosecutorial service respectively. The training was delivered in English and was based on presentations, Q&A sessions and discussion. The immediate feedback from participants to this online training was positive, both in terms of the contents and the online methodology applied.