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Intensified judicial and police cooperation within the region, with EU countries as well as with Eurojust, provide means to tackle transnational crime during the pre-accession period.
Peer assessment and other missions have been intensified, bringing judges, prosecutors and other experts in law enforcement from the EU countries into direct contact with their counterparts.
In the light of this experience, the Commission will further step up its work and intensify the dialogue on the rule of law with candidate countries and potential candidates .
Achieving a stable legal framework and implementing this is the key.
In the fight against organised crime and corruption, the countries should work towards:
- achieving concrete and sustainable results;
- establishing a convincing and credible track-record;
- reforming the judiciary.
The Commission is closely monitoring progress, in particular through joint bodies under the Stabilisation and Association Agreements or Interim Agreements.
The results are reflected in the Progress Reports .
The Commission supports englargement countries though:
- Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), which has a major focus on the rule of law;
- Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX), which organises more than 100 training events on the rules of law each year for enlargement countries.
There have been positive developments recently in judicial cooperation in several Western Balkan countries.
- New bilateral agreements on police cooperation, notably between Serbia and Albania, on mutual legal assistance and mutual enforcement of sentences in penal matters have been concluded.
- Croatia and Serbia went further, signing an agreement enabling them to extradite their nationals to each other's countries for criminal proceedings or enforcement of prison sentences in cases of organised crime and corruption.
The Commission encourages other countries in the region to follow this example.
Judicial cooperation would be further improved by extending the possibility to extradite nationals in all cases of serious crimes, including war crime cases.
The Regional Cooperation Council strives to enhance cooperation between the police, prosecution services and the judiciary.