On October 10 to 12, the Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic and her delegation were on official visit to judicial institutions in Rome. The visit involved a meeting with H.E. Mr. Andrea Orlando, Italian Minister of Justice, meeting with Mr. Rafaele Cantone, President of Italy's Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and meeting with representatives of Italian High Judicial Council. During the visit the Minister of Justice of Republic of Serbia Nela Kuburovic also signed the Memorandum on understanding and cooperation with the Guarda di Finanza which is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Minister Kuburović and the Commander of the Guarda di Finanza Giorgio Toschi signed the MoU, which represents a step further towards the promotion of an international cooperation in the fight againist organised crime and corruption. The Agreement prescribes for, inter alia, a training in Lido di Ostia, Italy for Serbian prosecutors and police officers. The Justice Minister noted that the Agreement is particularly important for efficient implementation of the new Law on Organisation and Competence of Government Authorities in Fighting Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption due on 1 March 2018. She explained that the Agreement would enable Serbia to have specialised prosecutors and police officers to prosecute criminal offences with elements of corruption, by having them undergo finance and tax law training in Italy.
Serbian delegation visited the Italian Ministry of Justice and met with Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando. The two Justice Ministers discussed ways of further development of their cooperation, such as an exchange of good practices and, particularly, in constitutional amendments which Serbia is going to undergo in aim of strengthening of judicial independence.
Minister Ms. Kuburovic also met with the Italian Anti-Corruption Agency Director Raffaele Cantone. The parties discussed the promotion of their relations and the positive examples of Italy’s legislation on prevention and fight against corruption. Minister Kuburovic stated that Italy’s experiences in the sphere of fight against corruption were priceless for Serbia as it would soon pass a new Law on Anti-Corruption Agency. It was noted that the Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency has had a several years-long cooperation with its Italian colleagues, and that the Italian ACA has been an developing example to Serbia. Serbian delegation emphasized that the Serbian Agency’s priorities in the next period would be the development of preventative measures and prevention mechanisms, as well as the drafting of integrity plans. Mr. Cantone emphasised the good cooperation between the Anti-Corruption Agency of Italy and its Serbian counterpart, adding that the Serbian ACA ought to be an example to other countries in the region.