Pristina, March 25, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa along with EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, inaugurated today the new Palace of Justice in Pristina.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, PM Mustafa said that the European Union has contributed a lot in the creation and the strengthening of the justice system through its assistance to raise capacities, through EULEX mission, through IPA projects and other forms.
“We’re all grateful for this constant support and we’re making the necessary steps for the independence of the justice system and its strengthening. This Palace of Justice built with European standards, offers a great opportunity for the work of courts and prosecution and offers the citizens a better approach in the justice institutions”, Mustafa declared.
He said that the government program for the period 2015-2018 has expressed its commitment and engagement to fight corruption and organized crime and for the rule of law to become a top priority.
“We’re committed to offer no compromise to the rule of law. Let this be an occasion for the justice system in Kosovo and a chance for those who offer their contribution for democracy and the rule of law, to offer their contribution”, he added.
Meanwhile, commissioner Hahn said that there’s a lack of judicial infrastructure in Kosovo.
“The European Union has backed Kosovo in this big project as an integral part of its efforts to help with the strengthening of the rule of law. The building that we’re inaugurating today will host the Court of First Instance of Pristina, the Prosecution of First Instance and Appeal of Pristina, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and of course, judges, prosecutors and EULEX staff”, he declared.
This building is an investment of several millions of Euros, in which the EU has contributed with 25 million Euros and Kosovo with 5 million Euros. Work for the construction of this building has started in 2011 and were completed last year. /ibna/