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.
EURALIUS in collaboration with the Directorate General of Codification and Harmonisation of Legislation is delivering a series of specialisation trainings for the staff of the Directorate, which focus on the following topics:
- Constitutionality Checking – Constitutional Court Case Law
- Legislative Technique
- Interpretation of national law, with focus on fiscal law
- Interpretation of EU law
- Sublegal and other Administrative Acts
- Constitutionality Checking – Fundamental Rights
- Compliance of National Law with International Agreements
EURALIUS in cooperation with the High Justice Inspector (HJI), elaborated and published a Manual on Disciplinary Investigations against Judges and Prosecutors. It is a joint product of EURALIUS and of the HJI, a long attended and advantageous tool.
The Manual is a comprehensive instrument designed to facilitate the challenging work of the HJI during disciplinary investigation of alleged misconducts of judges, prosecutors and members of the Councils.
EURALIUS and the High Justice Inspector (HJI) organized a two day capacity and team building retreat on 20 and 21 May 2021 in Korca. Representatives of OPDAT also participated.
The scope of the training was the elaboration of a Methodology for Thematic and Institutional Inspections. The training included presentations and discussions on:
- Legal Framework for thematic and institutional inspections of Courts and Prosecution Offices
- Lessons learned from inspections of predecessor inspection services in Albania
- Best practices and international standards on thematic and institutional inspections
- Proposals for the scope of concrete thematic and institutional inspections
EURALIUS, an EU funded project has completed the setup of the required equipment for remote hearings for SPAK Court of First Instance. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the press as well as general public are not able to participate in court hearings. As such SPAK Court of First instance is currently facing issues in handling a significant number of enquires received from members of the press.
A respective Normative Act provides the necessary legal foundation for remote hearings.
The next set of trainings on disciplinary investigations with the Office of the High Justice Inspector
On 15 and 16 April 2021 EURALIUS, in cooperation with the Office of the High Justice Inspector (HJI), organized further training sessions for inspectors, legal advisers and legal assistants.
These activities aimed at establishing common standards in the preparatory phase of the disciplinary investigation and after opening the investigation. The training was the opportunity to exchange views regarding the interpretation and implementation of the legal provisions and to agree on the joint approaches and on lines of action.
Based on the findings and conclusions of both training sessions the HJI will formalize the agreed standards which shall be followed by all members of the HJI staff.
On 12-13 April 2021 EURALIUS in cooperation with the School of Magistrates, Italian Project CSM/AICS and PAMECA V organized two days online training on sequestration and confiscation of assets under the Anti-Mafia Law. At the training were held presentations on the international practices and on the Albanian case law such as: International Conventions on sequestration and confiscation of assets of anti-corruption and other criminal offenses; Operational models and Investigative strategies concerning asset investigations and non-conviction-based confiscation: Practical Case studies according to the Italian Experience and Sequestration and confiscation of assets under the Albanian Anti-Mafia Law and problems of the case law. This training served to share national and international experience on sequestration and confiscation of assets and discussed measures as a tool to combat organized crime. Training was attended by circa 30 magistrates who participated lively in the discussions and showed high interest for the topic.