On 03 November 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia, the UNODC GFP held a workshop on the Criminal Code harmonization with UN Firearms Protocol and Serbia’s participation in the UNODC’s Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the UNTOC and Protocols thereto. The event gathered representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, Prosecutor’s Office and the judiciary, as well as the EU Delegation, Embassy of France in Serbia and the academia.
During the workshop, UNODC GFP presented its Gap Analysis on domestic criminal justice legislation and Executive Summary on illicit trafficking offences in Serbia. The criminal justice practitioners and UNODC GFP representatives had an opportunity for a fruitful exchange of opinions and to evaluate the scope of harmonization of the firearms-related offences within the Criminal Code. The second session of the workshop was dedicated to UNODC’s Review Mechanism. The processes and the specialized system which will structure the online collaboration of reviewers were presented and discussed.
The main outcomes of the event were feedback from the representatives of the Ministry of Justice on formation of the Working Group that will be engaged on the Criminal Code amendments, potential timeframes and agreed modalities on UNODC GFP further technical assistance, in addition to facilitation of direct communication between national experts and the UNODC CSS, in relation to the UNTOC Review Mechanism.
This activity is implemented with the financial support provided by Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway through the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap Trust Fund and supported by the European Union.