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On Friday 21 April 2023, the Montenegrin Minister of Justice, Marko Kovač, signed the Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters at the headquarters of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Hague.

The Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Christophe Bernasconi, thanked the Government of Montenegro and the Ministry of Justice for recognizing the importance of the Hague Conference for international private law.

Montenegro is the first country in the Western Balkan region to sign the Judgment Convention, which further demonstrates its commitment to European integration. Strengthening such cross border enforcement within the Western Balkan region is also one of the components of the Balkan Enforcement Strengthening Project (BESP), in which UIHJ is the major partner. Representatives of the project were also present at the signing ceremony.

The Judgment Convention will be in force from September 1 this year and, in the past was already signed by the member states of the European Union (except for Denmark).