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Agenda of the conference
Friday, April 8

14:00 Opening

Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman, Center for the Study of Democracy
Dr. Margarit Ganev, Deputy Minister of Justice, Republic of Bulgaria

Moderator: Dr. Maria Yordanova, Director of Law Program, Center for the Study of Democracy

14:15 EU Membership Criteria in the Area of Justice and Home Affairs: Lessons Learned from the Fifth Enlargement – Preparing for the Sixth Enlargement
Mr. Jonathan Faull, Director General, DG Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission

14:30 Organizational Structure of the Spanish Judiciary. The Role and Place of the Investigation and the Prosecution
Mr. Antonio Vercher Noguera, Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Spain
Mr. Ignacio Pando Echeverría, Senior Judge, Regional Court of Avila, Spain

15:00 The Role of the Prosecution in Strengthening Democracy and the Rule of Law. An American Perspective
Mr. Thomas Peebles, Resident Legal Advisor, US Department of Justice

15:15 Judicial Reforms in New EU Member States: the Slovenian Experience. Plans for Reform of the Criminal Investigation Procedure in Slovenia
Mr. Marko Sorli, Vice President, Head of the Criminal Department, Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia

15:30 Coffee break

Moderator: Mr. Dimitar Markov, Project Coordinator, Law Program, Center for the Study of Democracy
16:00 Structure, Organization and Functions of the Prosecution in the New EU Member States
Mr. Miroslav Ruzicka, Director of Analytical and Legislative Department of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Czech Republic
Ms. Jana Zezulova, Director of Analytical and Legislative Department of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Czech Republic
Mr. Tamás Jávorszki, Deputy Chief Prosecutor of Somogy Country, Hungary
Ms. Rudite Abolina, Head Prosecutor, Work Analysis and Management Department, Prosecutor General’s Office, Latvia
Mr. Robertas Dlugauskas, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Training Methodology Division, Prosecutor General’s Office, Lithuania
Ms. Julita Sobczyk, Prosecutor, Poland
Mr. Robert Renier, Head of the District State Prosecutor’s Office in Krsko, Slovenia
Mr. Alexander Kunosik, Division of Criminal Law Legislation, Ministry of Justice, Slovakia


18:30 Cocktail

Saturday, April 9

Moderator: Mr. David Wolstenholme, Pre-Accession Advisor, Ministry of Interior of Republic of Bulgaria

09:30 Investigative Authorities in New EU Member States: Place, Organization and Functions
Major of Police Mr. Robert Gergely, Expert, Control and Security Department, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
Mr. Dariusz Jankowski, Law Adviser in the Legal Bureau of Police Headquarter, Poland
Dr. Petras Ragauskas, Deputy Director of the Law Institute, Lithuania
Ms. Vladimira Trnkocyova, Division of Supervision over Criminal Justice System, Ministry of Justice, Slovakia

10:10 Discussion

10:30 Prosecution and Investigative Authorities in Romania: Current Status and Future Reforms
Ms. Monica Otava, Prosecutor, Section of International Cooperation, European Integration, Public Information and Relations with Media, Prosecution Office by the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Romania
Mr. Iulian Mihai Novac, General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police

10:50 Coffee break

Moderator: Mr. Roumen Georgiev, Investigator, National Investigation Service, Chair of the Chamber of Investigators in Bulgaria

11:10 Judicial Reform in Bulgaria: Challenges and Perspectives. Reforming the Investigation and Prosecution. Anti-Corruption Dimensions
Mr. Yonko Grozev, Attorney-at-Law, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
Ms. Nelly Koutzkova, Judge, Sofia District Court, Chair of the Association of Judges in Bulgaria
Mr. Slavcho Karzhev, Regional Prosecutor of Sofia
Mr. Roumen Kirov, Investigator, National Investigation Service

12:30 Discussion

13:15 Concluding address
Mr. Anton Stankov, Minister of Justice of Republic of Bulgaria

13:30 Buffet lunch
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