J. Joksimović: Reform of the judiciary to the benefit of citizens
September 18 2018 | Belgrade
Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has stated today that the reform of the judiciary is being implemented for the well-being of the citizens of Serbia and the realisation of the ideal of the full rule of law, or at least an approximation to it, such as exists in most EU countries.
At a round-table on Draft Constitutional Amendments in the field of judiciary, Joksimović has highlighted that the European integration provides an important framework and instrument through the negotiations under Chapter 23, for reaching the essence - an efficient and independent judiciary that will imply a higher standard in the rule of law.
In particular, the Minister has stated that, compared to the negotiating practices of other countries, Serbia has done a fine job in every sense and has fully respected and fulfilled all requirements and obligations in the procedural context, which is an important part of democracy and democratic decision-making.
“Debate is, of course, always an added value, but it is important that, within the course of drafting the constitutional amendments, we have fulfilled all of our obligations that are relevant to the process of European integration and all the criteria in the negotiation process”, Joksimović has noted.
She has further added that constitutional amendments are not part of the National Programme for the Adoption of the Acquis, because each country individually regulates its system, in an appropriate manner, in accordance with cultural, legal, social, historical pattern and the principles of the rule of law.
“From the aspect of obligations arising from the negotiations on Chapter 23, the fact is that all professional organisations and associations have been invited to give suggestions, everything is transparent and full inclusion has been ensured - we have completely fulfilled this obligation”, said Minister Joksimović.