Kosovo’s justice system gains independence, EULEX to have an advisory role

Kosovo’s justice system gains independence, EULEX to have an advisory role

Pristina, February 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Deputy prime minister and minister of Justice, Prof. Dr. Hajredin Kuci has presented on Tuesday in front of the Parliament’s European Committee the report of the Structured Talks in the Domain of the Rule of Law between the European Union and representatives of the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo.

During this presentation, minister Kuci has presented the Report about the meeting of the Structured Talks in the domain of the Rule of Law. He said that a number of issues which relate to the rule of law in Kosovo have been discussed in this meeting, including EULEX’s transition, strategic review of EU on EULEX mission in Kosovo, judicial system and reforms in the justice system, independence and impartiality of the judicial system and fight against criminality and corruption.

Minister Kuci said that the position of Kosovo in relation to the EU Review Strategy on EULEX mission in Kosovo, foresees unification of the justice system based on the laws of Kosovo, leading hierarchy and accountability to belong to domestic institutions.

According to the new strategy, the new mission will have an advisory role and will focus on improving the capacities of the staff of local institutions. The main focus of the new mission will be the north and the integration of the Serbs of the north in the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo, for prosecutors and judges to exert their duties within the institutions of Kosovo, etc.

Kuci also talked about the developments in the framework of the justice reform in 2013 and the challenges that Kosovo has faced and continues to face.

As far as the independence and impartiality of the justice system is concerned, along with the fight against criminality and corruption, Minister Kuci said that competent institutions of Kosovo (Judicial Committee, Prosecution Committee and Police of Kosovo), have presented their achievements in the challenges of these domains.

All the members of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration were issued with more detailed materials in relation to the meeting of the Structured Talks for the Rule of Law. /ibna/