The Ministry of Justice has published the first draft of the revised Chapter 23 Action Plan, prepared by the Negotiation Group for this chapter. Aiming to formulate the contents of the working draft of the Chapter 23 Action Plan, particular consideration was given for the changes to properly reflect the transitional measures, respect the assessments regarding compliance with activities issued by the Council for the implementation of the Chapter 23 Action Plan, appendices submitted by the responsible bodies listed in the Chapter 23 Action Plan, and the difficulties noted in the implementation and monitoring of the implementation of activities.
The Ministry of Justice published the first draft of the revised Chapter 23 Action Plan on its website on 22 January 2019, initiating the widely inclusive consultative process about this strategic document. In the accompanying announcement, the Ministry invited all interested parties to submit their comments and opinions on the draft to the Ministry.
On 6 February, with the support of the EU Delegation to Serbia, the Ministry organised the first round-table discussion on the subject, where the draft was presented to the representatives of all relevant domestic institutions, civil society organisations and international institutions.
Considering the civil society’s and the European Commission’s request for an extension of the deadline for submitting the comments, and the fact that the High Judicial Council and the State Prosecutorial Council had not held a session in which they could adopt an opinion on the draft, the Ministry extended the deadline until 22 February 2019.
All comments and opinions submitted to the Ministry of Justice will be considered when the new revision of the text is being done, the text which will be submitted to the European Commission for an opinion. Once the European Commission sends its recommendations for the revised text to Serbia, the Ministry of Justice will open a public debate in accordance with the Rulebook of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, where all the relevant institutions and organisations will have an opportunity to share their views on the draft text and give their own recommendations.
The first draft of the revised Chapter 23 Action Plan can be found on the website of the Ministry of Justice.