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Programme, Workshop on legal harmonisation, Skopje, 25 June 2015_English

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SIGMA is providing support in improving the quality of the legal drafting process by sharing the experience of different ways to manage transposition of the acquis into national legislation of a Member State and a Candidate Country.

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Programme, Workshop on legal harmonisation, Skopje, 25 June 2015_English

  1. 1. 2 Rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France mailto:sigmaweb@oecd.org Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00 Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 24 13 05 www.sigmaweb.org This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. It should not be reported as representing the official views of the EU, the OECD or its member countries, or of beneficiaries participating in the SIGMA Programme. The opinions expressed and arguments employed are those of the author(s). This document and any map included herein are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area. Workshop on Different Approaches to Legal Harmonisation: The ways and means to harmonise the national legal framework with the requirements of the acquis Programme 25 June 2015 Skopje
  2. 2. 2 Objective The Secretariat for Legislation asked for SIGMA support in improving the quality of the legal drafting process in the country through assistance in strengthening capacity in legal drafting. One of the main challenges in the process is the approximation of the country’s legislation with the acquis. The adoption of the acquis in the accession process is a difficult and challenging exercise for the countries to perform. To avoid the purely mechanical transposition of the acquis into the national legislation and to ensure the conformity with the Constitution and the national legal system, as well as the legal traditions of the country, require clear procedures and proper co-ordination mechanisms within the national public administration. The main aim of the workshop is to share experience of different ways to manage transposition of the acquis into national legislation and: • to demonstrate different approaches to legal harmonisation in different Member States of the European Union, especially of a Member State (Hungary) that joined the EU in 2004. • to present the experience of a current Candidate Country (Serbia) from the Western Balkan region on its way of managing transposition of the acquis. The workshop will provide examples of experience in other countries about the negotiation process and the role of legal secretaries (or similar institutions) in this process. The following programme may be adapted on the day to reflect the needs of the participants at the event. SIGMA experts Anita Nemeth, Hungary Vladimir Medjak, Serbia Erika Bozzay, SIGMA
  3. 3. 3 Thursday, 25 June 2015 08.45 – 09.00 09.00 – 09.15 09.15 – 10. 30 Registration Introduction to the workshop Example of a country that joined the European Union in 2004: Hungary  Institutional framework and its changes during the different phases of the accession process – challenges, experiences, co-ordination of institutions  Programme for the transposition of the acquis into the Hungarian legislation (programming, planning)  Monitoring the transposition of the EU acquis  Methodological support (guidelines, handbook)  Capacity needs in the relevant ministries and institutions  How to ensure the national interests in the transposition process? 10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break 10.45 – 12.00 Example of a current Candidate Country: Serbia  Institutional framework – challenges, experiences, co-ordination of institutions  Programme for the transposition of the acquis into the Serbian legislation (programming, planning)  Monitoring the transposition of the EU acquis  Methodological support (guidelines, handbook)  Capacity needs in the relevant ministries and institutions  How to ensure the national interests in the transposition process? 12.00 – 13.00 Lunch 13.00 – 14.15 14.15 – 14.30 Transposing EU legislation into national legislation in practice: techniques and tools for achieving compliance with the acquis Concluding remarks

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