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 […]

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 […]

Where Is the Justice That Rama Seeks?

Where Is the Justice That Rama Seeks?

The Council of Immunities is preparing to gather at 19:00 in Parliament to discuss the removal of former Minister and PS deputy Saimir Tahiri’s parliamentary immunity at the request of the General Prosecution. According to the Prosecution’s request, Tahiri is under investigation for the trafficking of narcotics by means of an organized criminal group and […]

On the Politicization of ONM Chief Ruiz Calavera

On the Politicization of ONM Chief Ruiz Calavera

During her first informal meeting with Albanian journalists in February, Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, the chief of the Independent Observation Mission (ONM) that provides external expertise to the vetting process, stated that she would “resist politicization.” This was supposed to mean that we should stay away from any Albanian internal politics, and would not allow herself […]

Keeping the Justice System within the Family

Keeping the Justice System within the Family

All debates that have accompanied the judicial reform have considered the risk that in the implementation of the reform the government would profit from its power to put its own people in key positions within the new justice system, thus alienating from the beginning the concept of political independence of the courts and justice in general. […]

Donald Lu, With Edi Rama until the End

Donald Lu, With Edi Rama until the End

We believe that it is time that the Albanian government declares war on organized crime. This was the declaration of US Ambassador Donald Lu a few days ago during a speech at the School of the Magistrates. After the speech, the media for the most part widely covered Lu’s description of the state of crime […]

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