In the Montenegrin coastline town of Przno (Sveti Stefan), on October 19, 2018, Balkan Enforcement Initiative (BEI) hosted its First International Round Table on Cross-Border Enforcement in Commercial Matters in the Western Balkan region. The BEI International Round Table was outlined as a dialogue between relevant state representatives, judicial officers and the business community with respect to the topic of cross-border enforcement in the region, in the context of enhancing free trade based on the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA).
The 2018 BEI International Round Table participants introduced participants from the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Montenegro, and the Republic of Serbia.
In her welcome address, Vesna Medenica, president of the Supreme Court of Montenegro, reiterated the relevance of the selected topic, expressing her support to a regional dialogue on streamlining cross-border enforcement in the region, and the importance which the profession of self-employed judicial officers plays in that dialogue.
Representatives of national ministries of justice, Mrs. Teuta Vodo, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Jelena Deretić, Assistant Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, and Mrs. Marijana Laković Drašković, Director General of the Montenegrin Ministry of Justice’s Directorate for Judiciary Organization, Penal Legislation, and Supervision, unanimously communicated their recognition of the importance of introducing improvements in the current legal framework with respect to cross-border enforcement procedures in the Western Balkan region. National ministries of justice understand the value of establishing mutual cooperation dedicated to facilitating improvements in cross-border enforcement.
Representatives of the Region’s business community (Albanian Association of Banks and the Montenegrin Chamber of Commerce), together with the representatives of national chambers of judicial officers were clear and straightforward in their understanding that the Western Balkan region needs improvements in cross-border enforcement, and that a simplified transfer of enforceable titles between the jurisdictions would have a tangible beneficial effect to their economies.
At the end of its 2018 International Round Table, Balkan Enforcement Initiative expressed its dedication to promoting the concept of a Balkan Enforcement Order in the Western Balkan Region and offered its systematic support in its implementation, highlighting that the profession of judicial officers is not in a position to do more than to offer its technical assistance, while any changes in the current legal framework are in the sole competence of national governments.
The joint conclusion of the 2018 BEI International Round Table on Cross-Border Enforcement participants was that all relevant stakeholders have recognized the importance of the issues at question and are willing to join their efforts in order to reach a commonly beneficial solution.