Serbia: Celebrating Achievements in Judicial Reform
   

In October 2016, NCSC organized a ceremony recognizing the achievements of USAID’s Judicial Reform and Government Accountability (JRGA) Project in Serbia.  The ceremony marked the conclusion of five years of program activities in Serbia.

The USAID JRGA Project began in May 2011. The closing ceremony paid tribute to the JRGA Project's achievements and the close collaboration and support of Serbian government institutions.  Several keynote speakers highlighted program achievements, while commending the overall results.  Keynote speakers included U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott; Minister of Justice, Nela Kuburovic; Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the President of the High Court Council, Dragomir Milojevic; Director of the Judicial Academy, Nenad Vujic; President of the State Audit Institution, Radoslav Sretenovic; Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Tatjana Babic; and Chief Judge of the Appellate Misdemeanor Court, Zoran Pasalic.

Among the achievements made possible through the USAID JRGA Project were: the reform of the misdemeanor court system; the introduction of modern technologies and the improvement of working conditions for increased judicial efficiency and transparency; the training of judges and staff on an unprecedented scale; the improved capacity of Serbia’s independent agencies to ensure government accountability; numerous policy advancements and legislative drafting initiatives; and the mobilization of civil society actors to advance strategic reforms on a wide range of justice sector and anticorruption issues.  For more information on the JRGA Project, please visit http://en.jrga.org/