With a view of increasing the efficiency in first instance and appeal courts, EURALIUS in collaboration with the HJC organized on 18 and 20 October 2021 two brainstorming rounds with respectively judges of these court levels on the topic of enhancing efficiency of justice in the courts of Albania. More concretely, these events provided an excellent discussion forum on exploring possible steps/measures of organisational, legislative, and working method related nature, which may unburden the workload of judges.
EURALIUS was invited to participate and moderate the second part of the workshop organized by OPDAT for the High Prosecutorial Council (HPC) to discuss the draft Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct of Prosecutors. The Workshop took place on 14 October 2021 and provided a platform to discuss in detail the content and regulations of the draft Code. The workshop is an important step towards the finalization and approval of the Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct of Prosecutors by the HPC.
On 12 October 2021 EURALIUS facilitated the second Round Table for representatives of the High Judicial Council (HJC), the High Prosecutorial Council (HPC), the High Justice Inspector (HJI) and the Independent Qualification Commission (IQC. ). The Round Table aimed at providing a platform of communication and coordination between the justice governance institutions and the vetting bodies, on issues of common concern. During fruitful discussions agreements were reached for coordination mechanisms. The Round Table was attended also by representatives of the International Monitoring Operation (IMO) and OPDAT.
On 11 October at the premises of the Ministry of Justice was held a reception and ceremony for the awarding of the Training Certificates to the participants by the Minister of Justice and the Team Leader of EURALIUS. The ceremony was the culmination of the cycle of specialisation trainings for the staff of the Codification Directorate at the MoJ.
With a view of increasing the quality of justice services, justice reform laws have introduced the requirement to establish initial and continuous training schemes for judicial civil servants. The HJC - assisted by EURALIUS and EWMI –INL -has elaborated respective curricula for the judicial civil servants, with a view of strengthening the capacities and professionalism of the judicial administration.
On 28 September 2021 the first pilot training was held as a result of this close and fruitful collaboration: The focus of this training were general court matters and principles of court administration. In total 26 judicial civil servants participated actively in the training. Further modules will be piloted several training sessions (to be held in October-November 2021) with juridical civil servants of courts of all jurisdictions and levels.
On 24 September, at the premises of the National Chamber of Notaries and the National Training Centre for Notaries was held a reception for the formal handover of the Manual for the Inspection of the Notarial Activity. During the event the representatives of the Chamber and EURALIUS expressed the pleasure that the strong and close cooperation resulted in the adoption of the new Law on Notaries, the completion of the entire sublegal framework and the preparation and compilation of the inspection manual. The Chamber believes that the European standards and best practices implemented into the legal framework are having a highly positive impact in strengthening the notarial profession and in delivering better service to the public at large.
On 15 July 2021 EURALIUS organized a certificate awarding event for the HJI staff who have contributed in several joint activities during 2021. The Team Leader of EURALIUS Dr. Agnes Bernhard highlighted the fruitful cooperation between EURALIUS and the HJI and awarded those staff member who had engaged as trainers in EURALIUS training activities respectively have contributed as co-authors to the Manual on Disciplinary Investigation recognition certificates.
On 7 July 2021, EURALIUS organized and moderated a Round Table for the High Justice Inspector, High Judicial Council and High Prosecutorial Council. The objective of the Round Table was to provide a platform to the institutions competent for the disciplinary liability of magistrates to discuss issues of common concern, establish a common understanding on the uniform interpretation of the law and ensure uniform standards. This event also aimed to kick off the establishment of institutionalized cooperation mechanism, facilitate fruitful discussions and raise awareness of common challenges, questions and concerns.
The participants urged EURALIUS to follow up this good initiative and identified further topics to be discussed in upcoming events, which are envisaged for September.
EURALIUS attended and contributed to the Workshop organized by the HJI with all staff members for discussing the Draft internal regulation of the High Justice Inspector. Thus every staff member and all organisational units had the possibility to contribute to the regulatory framework.
The workshop was concluded with an agreement on the issues that shall still be addressed in order to finalize this fundamental act of the institution. OPDAT also attended the Workshop.
EURALIUS congratulates the HJI for the participatory approach, the high quality of the product and is confident that this will boost the well-functioning of the institution.
EURALIUS continued the collaboration with the Directorate General of Codification and Harmonisation of Legislation to deliver a series of specialisation trainings for the staff of the Directorate, focusing on hands-on presentation and discussion of topics of interest for the process of drafting and approximation of legislation.
Continuing from the previous topics, EURALIUS organized the training on Interpretation of national law on 2 June 2021, which introduced the participants with the formal rules for the interpretation of legislation and the specifics in legislative technique and interpretation in fiscal and budgetary legislation, followed on practical exercises of implementing the different methods.
On 25 June 2021 EURALIUS participated in a workshop organized by OPDAT and the High Prosecutorial Council on the Code of Ethics of Prosecutors. The Code of Ethics is an important instrument to uphold the ethical and professional standards as emanating from the justice reform laws. The participants discussed intensively several aspects of the draft Code of Ethics and agreed on the necessary steps needed to finalize and approve this fundamental act.
EURALIUS continues to assist the High Judicial Council (HJC) to the increase of efficiency in first instance courts. To this end, EURALIUS in cooperation with Tirana District Court (Civil Chamber) is piloting activities regarding execution orders and the standardization of judicial administration activities in the preliminary phase.
On 10 and 11 June 2021, EURALIUS facilitated a two-days ‘Workshop on the Performance Evaluation of Prosecutor for the High Prosecutorial Council. The main object of the Workshop was the finalization of the Regulation on the Performance Evaluation of Prosecutors.