A number of working meetings were held with the representatives of the Provincial Ombudsman of AP Vojvodina in order to identify the forms of cooperation prescribed by the Law in performing the duties of the NPM. Despite the problems that are commonplace worldwide when it comes to cooperation between the national and regional/provincial Ombudsmen, especially when it is necessary to introduce joint institutional (modalities of) work, agreement was reached fast, to the mutual satisfaction. The Protector of Citizens and the Provincial Ombudsman of AP Vojvodina signed on 12 December 2011 a Memorandum on Cooperation between the Protector of Citizens and the Provincial Ombudsman in performing the duties of the NPM.
The Cooperation Memorandum regulates in more detail the cooperation between the Protector of Citizens and the Provincial Ombudsman in performing the duties of the NPM. It is envisaged that this cooperation will be pursued through the Provincial Ombudsman’s active participation in the NPM monitoring team’s visits to the institutions where the PDL are held in the territory of the AP Vojvodina. Likewise, it has been envisaged that the Provincial Ombudsman will also take part in the planning of visits to these institutions, drawing up of reports, making recommendations, (giving of) opinions and (drafting of) other documents of the NPM. The Provincial Ombudsman will also be involved in cooperation between the NPM and representatives of civil society, the state organs and bodies as well as in other activities of the NPM.