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Justice Minister Snezana Malovic said today that judicial reform is of crucial importance for Serbia’s EU integration process and that Serbia wishes to establish an efficient justice system which will provide people with access to justice.

Speaking at a consultative meeting “Judicial Reform Progress, its influence on the fight against organised crime and corruption, investment protection and cooperation with the Hague tribunal – key elements of EU integration process”, Malovic said that the EU integration process requires hard work, dedication, patience and long term effort.
The road to the EU is long and requires comprehensive reform. Judicial reform is one of the toughest tasks facing Serbian society, she said. People’s lack of confidence in the justice system cannot be ignored, she said. She pledged that she will make every effort to ensure that all current problems are resolved in a European spirit.
She said that the Supreme Judicial Council needs suggestions and criticisms from professional associations, such as the Serbian Society of Judges and Prosecutors Association, regardless of differences in opinions on certain issues.
Malovic announced the continuation of cooperation with the Hague tribunal and expressed the hope that the positive report of the Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz will be materialised and that the remaining two Hague indictees, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, will be arrested and extradited to The Hague. Malovic said that the Law on seizing property acquired from criminal acts has caused major shifts in the underworld.

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Michael Roberts - 29.03.2010

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