Albanian parliament adopts first crucial justice reform law

By bne IntelliNews August 30, 2016

The Albanian Parliament has adopted the bill on assessment of judges and prosecutors on August 30, the first of the package of seven laws which are part of the crucial judicial reforms. The law was passed without the support of the opposition.

The law is aimed at increasing the professional and ethical responsibility of judges and prosecutors, and improving the overall quality of the justice system. The judicial reforms are needed for Albania, a candidate country since 2014, to open accession talks with the European Union.

The bill was approved with 88 votes in favour, none against and one abstention, news agency ATA reported. However, the opposition MPs left the session before the vote, claiming that the law is unconstitutional.

A day before the vote, the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) submitted 28 amendments to the law. The party also claimed that the draft does not explain explicitly the procedures for nomination and selection of candidates.

“The less political rhetoric on judicial reforms, and more commitment to the process in a responsible way, will make it possible for the system to be changed for the benefit of all Albanians,” parliament speaker Ilir Meta said in a speech before the vote, according to the assembly’s statement.

The law will provide mechanisms for assessing the moral integrity and the level of independence of Albanian judges and prosecutors.

It has 71 sections and envisages that the revaluation process include control of judges and prosecutors, taking into account three components: the assets of judges, prosecutors and other entities, detecting or identifying their links with organised crime and corruption, as well as the evaluation of their work and professional skills, ATA said.

If there is a negative assessment of one of the three components, the special commission will decide whether the candidate will undergo a special programme at the School of Magistrates, where judges and prosecutors are trained, for a period of one year.

Upon receiving a negative evaluation, the judges or prosecutors can be dismissed.

The European Union and the US have requested the rapid adoption of the legislative package in order to accelerate the implementation of the reforms. 

A total of 40 laws are expected to be voted on by the end of the justice reform process.

Broadcaster Top Channel reported earlier this month that according to preliminary calculations by the finance ministry, Albanian judicial reforms could cost around $40mn per year.

Related Articles

DUI leader keeps options open as coalition talks begin in Macedonia

The leader of Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), Ali Ahmeti, said on January 11 that his party will negotiate with the conservative VMRO-DPMNE on the formation ... more

Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian parties set conditions for joining new government

Three ethnic Albanian political parties in Macedonia adopted a joint platform on January 7 asking for more rights as a prerequisite for their participation in the new coalition government, one of the ... more

Novomatic completes acquisition of Albanian National Lottery

Europe’s leading gaming technology group Novomatic has completed the final required steps for the successful acquisition of the Albanian national lottery, the group said. The ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss