Project Overview 

EURALIUS IV project, “Consolidation of the Justice System in Albania” has started in September 2014 and will last until December 2017. The project has five areas of intervention and it supports the Albanian Ministry of Justice, the Office for the Administration of the Judiciary Budget, the High Council of Justice, the High Court, the General Prosecutor Office, the Courts, the National Judicial Conference, the Parliamentary Law Committee, the School of Magistrates, the National Chamber of Advocacy and the National Chamber of Notaries as its main beneficiaries. The project involves full time top experts from EU Member States and Albania. They are sitting in the premises of the main beneficiaries. 

EURALIUS IV is funded by European Commission under IPA 2013 funds for Albania. The total fund is almost 4 million euros.

The concept

EURALIUS IV is designed as an EU technical assistance project that will support and assist key Albanian justice institutions to bring their performance closer to EU standards. The overall objective of the EURALIUS IV project “is to strength the independence, transparency, efficiency, accountability and public trust in the Albanian justice system in line with the EU acquis and best practices”.

Project Activities 

The outputs linked to the five expected result areas include a mix of activities ranging from strategic advice to institutional strengthening, supporting legal drafting, training, coaching and mentoring activities, seminars, workshops and study visits to EU Member States.

Project Components 

The EURALIUS IV project is organized into the following main five activity areas:

1. Justice Reform and Organization of the Ministry 

The main aim of this component is to assist the Albanian authorities to design and implement a justice system strategy. Its vision is to guarantee independence, transparency and efficiency. Moreover, it intends to enhance the professionalism and accountability of the services of the Ministry of Justice and relevant subordinate authorities. Thus, this component aims at improving access to courts and transparency of judicial proceedings.

 2. High Council of Justice and High Court

The activities envisaged under this component aim to support the High Council of Justice to ensure that decisions regarding the status and carrier of judges are based on objective, professional and transparent criteria that are in line with the EU standards. The support to the High Court aims to enhance its independence, efficiency and effectiveness, to ensure that the court can fulfill its constitutional task and to provide guidance to all other Albanian courts by unifying the judicial practice. This component will also focus on consolidation of the inspection mechanisms for judges.

3. Criminal Justice and Prosecution Office

The activities envisaged under this component aim to aligning the legislative framework in criminal matters including international cooperation to the EU and the Council of Europe standards and supporting the reform of the criminal legal framework. Furthermore, the activities aim to enhance the efficiency, independence and accountability of the Albanian prosecution service, including the alignment to the best European standards the career and inspections of prosecutors, the internal organisation and functioning of the general prosecutor office.

4. Judicial Administration and Efficiency

This component is focused on improving transparency of court functioning and increasing the efficiency of the administrative staff in the justice system. The component will focus on building an efficient and professional court administration staff. It will also focus at improving case management, procedural codes and the use of technology at a country-wide level. The component aims at reducing the length of trials, of courts backlog and improve service delivery to justice users.

5. Legal Professions and School of Magistrates 

The main aim of the activities envisaged under this component is to strength the National Chamber of Advocacy, National Chamber of Notaries and the State Commission on Legal Aid, in particular through supporting disciplinary proceedings, codes of ethics and training programs for both lawyers and notaries, as well as through supporting civil society institutions providing legal aid. Additionally, it aims at assisting the School of Magistrates by further developing the continuous training for judges and prosecutors.

 

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