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Completion of Training of Private Enforcement Agent Candidates

Completion of Training of Private Enforcement Agent CandidatesPhoto by: The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program

Pristina, 27 November 2013- In a ceremony in Pristina today, the USAID Kosovo Mission Director, Maureen A. Shauket, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Hajredin Kuci awarded Certificates of Completion of Initial Professional Skills Training for potential Private Enforcement Agents.

In January of 2014 a new system for enforcing court judgments will commence. The new Law on Execution Procedures, passed earlier this year, establishes a system of highly regulated private professionals that will replace the current system of enforcement by court based civil servants. Citizens will have a choice between Private Enforcement Agents or Court based enforcement only until June 30, 2014. After this date, only Private Enforcement Agents will be authorized to enforce court judgments (with some exceptions – for family, child, and Labor issues).

The model for Kosovo’s new Private Enforcement Agent system is based on the experience of over 20 European Union Member States, and many other countries, including in the Western Balkans. The Initial Professional Skills training program constitutes a vital step in developing capacity for Private Enforcement Agents.

The Certificate Ceremony took place in Pristina on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 and brought together key figures from Government institutions, the Courts, and the Private Sector. Over 50 attendees participated in this event to commemorate and announce an important step for Kosovo’s business environment and Rule of Law.

The USAID Mission Director in Kosovo, Maureen A. Shauket, said that USAID and the United States Government remain a committed partner for Kosovo as we together increase Rule of Law and improve the environment for business and investment. The role of Private Enforcement Agent is a heavy responsibility, and demands a very high level of professionalism and integrity. The training recognized today is vitally important to ensuring these demands are met.

The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program supports the Ministry of Justice to implement the new system for enforcement, and organized the Initial Professional Skills Training for potential Private Enforcement Agents.

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