Reform in the justice system completes Albania’s five priorities for the EU accession talks

Reform in the justice system completes Albania’s five priorities for the EU accession talks

Tirana, 21 September 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

The Albanian government says that it’s determined in concluding the reform in the justice system within the month of October, as the only way to launch accession talks with the EU.

To discuss on the negotiating process with Brussels, a meeting was held on Monday between joint work groups in Tirana.

Presided by the Minister of Integration, Klajda Gjosha, the meeting discussed on the progress of the five key priorities, where Gjosha said that the government’s pace will bring the required result.

“We have never stopped our work for the implementation of the priorities. We have maintained our pace and we continue to move forward based on the guidelines”, Gjosha said.

Reform in the justice system, she added, remains one of the most important reforms in delivering this priority.

Gjosha said that an ad hoc commission has also been set up by parliament and groups from the Ministry of Justice. “This reform cannot be delivered without consulting stakeholders. Our objective is to approve this reform in October of this year in parliament”, the minister said.

Meanwhile, one of the other priorities is fight against corruption and Gjosha said that “our efforts are known now”, adding that: “Fight against corruption comes at a time when a large part of corruption cases go unpunished and financial investigations have grown. Several measures have been taken and there seems to be a positive tendency”. /ibna/