To Fix Justice “Once and for All” Is a Dangerous Illusion

To Fix Justice “Once and for All” Is a Dangerous Illusion

During an interview with Deutsche Welle, director of the Independent Monitoring Operation Genoveva Ruiz Calavera made what I consider a dangerous and deceptive claim. That the vetting process, which will reassess all Albanian prosecutors and judges, aims “to consolidate in an incontrovertible manner, once and for all, the rule of law in Albania.” I find […]

Ruiz Calavera: Vetting Will Start in September

Ruiz Calavera: Vetting Will Start in September

In an interview with Deutsche Welle, the director of the International Monitoring Operation (ONM) Genoveva Ruiz Calavera spoke about the beginning of the vetting procedure and its importance for the rule of law in Albania. The vetting is so important for Albania that it can be considered a historical moment, a defining moment for not only the […]

ILDKPKI Starts Gathering Evidence for Vetting Commissions

ILDKPKI Starts Gathering Evidence for Vetting Commissions

The High Inspectorate of the Declaration and Audit of Assets and Conflict of Interest (ILDKPKI) has started gathering evidence in order to provide the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK) with reports on the assets of judges and prosecutors as part of the vetting procedure. The ILDKPKI has sent official requests to the Central Asset Registration Offices (Hipoteka) […]

How Much Will Reformed Justice Cost? – Exit Explains

How Much Will Reformed Justice Cost? – Exit Explains

The implementation of the judicial reform and the creation recently of the vetting institutions will bring significant budget increases as salaries for judges and prosecutors will rise. One of the seven draft laws that was approved as part of the judicial reform package envisions a large rise in pays and pensions for magistrates who will survive […]

Recent ECtHR Ruling Puts Vetting on Edge

Recent ECtHR Ruling Puts Vetting on Edge

Now that the vetting institutions have been installed, the actual reassessment process can start. But for anyone – be they Prime Minister, foreign ambassador, or ordinary citizens – who thinks that from here on it will be smooth ride might be terribly mistaken. Because the major question hovering over the entire reassessment procedure is the […]

Parliament Votes Vetting Institutions

Parliament Votes Vetting Institutions

In an extraordinary session of Parliament, all 27 members of the three vetting institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals College (KA), and the Public Commissioners, were approved with 100 votes in favor and 2 against. The members of the KPK and the Public Commissioners were nominated earlier today. The KA members had been […]

Ad-Hoc Committee Approves Final List of 68 Vetting Institution Candidates

Ad-Hoc Committee Approves Final List of 68 Vetting Institution Candidates

The first parliamentary ad-hoc committee has published the final list of 68 candidates from which the second and third parliamentary ad-hoc committees will select the 27 members of the three vetting institutions: the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals College (KA), and the two Public Commissioners. The committee, which consisted of three majority and three […]

193 Candidates in 3 Days, Vetting Committee Starts Work

193 Candidates in 3 Days, Vetting Committee Starts Work

The Parliamentary Ad-Hoc Committee for the Verification of Vetting Institution candidates has today started interviewing the 193 candidates for the 27 position in the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeal College (KA), and the Public Commissioners. The commission has two days to hear all the applications and has until June 1 to present the next […]

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