Vetting Has Started with the First Judges and Prosecutors

Vetting Has Started with the First Judges and Prosecutors

After months of delay, the reassessment of judges and prosecutors (“vetting”) appears to have started in all earnestness. The three vetting institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals College (KA), and the Public Commissioners, have been nominated, their building inaugurated, and their budgets and staff slashed by the government. The KPK has organized a lottery […]

Rama: “Power of the Law” Task Force Will Be Success

Rama: “Power of the Law” Task Force Will Be Success

During a conference on security today in Tirana, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that “the excellent experience of the functioning of several task forces, such as the one for cannabis and the protection for the territory is the right example” for the new special task force baptized “The Force of Law.” Talking about “the newest […]

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

During a press conference today with Prime Minister Edi Rama, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn spoke in the slipstream of the opening of the Media Days about the progress Albania has made on the road to accession negotiations, and about the need to communicate those results. It is worth having a closer look at […]

Parliament Announces Mediocre Scholars for KLP and KLGj

Parliament Announces Mediocre Scholars for KLP and KLGj

Parliament has announced today the lists of qualifying candidates for the 2 positions available to university professors in the High Juridical Council (KLGj) and High Prosecutorial Council (KLP), two new top-level institutions in the justice system envisioned in the judicial reform. Both the KLP and KLGj consist of 11 members, 6 of which are from […]

Vetting Building Inaugurated

Vetting Building Inaugurated

Even though not yet completely finished, the Vetting Building was inaugurated today in the presence of US Ambassador Donald Lu and EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin, and in notable absence of any representatives of the Albanian political scene. Chair of the Appeals College, Natasha Mulaj said that the vetting committees will have to complete their mission, […]

Vetting and Rama’s “New Justice”

Vetting and Rama’s “New Justice”

Let us go back in time to September 4, when EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin brought “good news” from Brussels. Among other encouraging and positive statements, Ambassador Vlahutin, who is planning a 1-year extension of her mandate to witness the “real and tangible” results of the judicial reform, declared: I would say that also Albania is in a […]

Venice Commission President: Alarming Corruption in Albania

Venice Commission President: Alarming Corruption in Albania

In an interview with Vizion Plus, Venice Commission President Gianna Buquicchio has declared that corruption in Albania is widespread and have reached alarming levels: In Albania, corruption has captured the highest levels in all sectors, not only the judiciary. He stressed the importance of the implementation of the judicial reform, in which the Venice Commission […]

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