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 ten areas of intervention, supporting its main beneficiaries. The project involves full time and short time experts from EU Member States and Albania.

EURALIUS IV is funded by European Commission under IPA 2013 funds for Albania.

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 strengthen 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.

The project has five main specific objectives:

Specific Objective 1

This objective aims at improving the independence, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the Albanian justice system pursuant to a clear and comprehensive reform strategy developed by the Albanian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and other actors in the System.

Specific Objective 2

This objective aims at improving the organizational, administrative, technical and resource management capacities, as well as the case management capabilities of the judiciary in order to improve the efficiency of courts and their transparency.

Specific Objective 3

This core of this objective is aligning the Albanian criminal justice system to EU standards.

Specific Objective 4

This objective aims at aligning the Albanian civil and administrative justice system to EU standards.

Specific Objective 5

The focal point of this objective is monitoring of selected cases as well as providing support from the first steps of the judicial reform implementation and the setup of and capacity building in the new institutions.

 

Project Components 

The EURALIUS IV project is organized into the following main ten 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.

  1. High Council of Justice (HCJ) and High Court

The activities envisaged under this component aim at supporting the High Council of Justice to ensure that decisions regarding the status and career 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 at enhancing its independence, efficiency and effectiveness, to ensure that the court can fulfil its constitutional task and to provide guidance to all other Albanian courts by unifying the judicial practice.

  1. Criminal Justice and Prosecution Office

The activities envisaged under this component aim at 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. It aims at enhancing efficiency, independence and accountability of the Albanian prosecution service, including the alignment to the best European standards. Furthermore, the activities of this component include providing trainings on the new amendments of the CPC and comments for the e-commentary on CPC and Juvenile Code.

  1. 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. It will also focus at improving case management, procedural codes and the use of technology at a country-wide level. The component aims - by improving the IT - at reducing the length of trials, of courts backlog and improve service delivery to justice users.

  1. Legal Professions and School of Magistrates 

The main aim of the activities envisaged under this component is to strengthen the National Chamber of Advocacy, National Chamber of Notaries and the State Commission on Legal Aid, in particular through improving the legal framework, 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.

  1. Change of Management

This component is focused on assisting the competent commission to prepare and monitor the set up of the new institutions established by the reform and to facilitate the change management in institutions with amended tasks. It aims at supporting the establishment of the new institutions and functions, from managerial and organisational perspective (e.g. support in design of the organisational structure, map of processes, financial management, HRM (human resources management), capacity building of management and staff).

  1. High Judicial Inspectorate (HJI)

The main aim of this activity is assisting the HJI in building its capacities. It deals with monitoring and implementation of the new laws and contributes to the drafting of sub legal acts and standard operating procedures for inspection and investigation in disciplinary misconducts and disciplinary proceedings. The assigned expert monitors and contributes to specialized trainings on disciplinary matters according to the new legislation.

  1. Court Organisation and Management

This activity is mainly involved in assisting courts during the transition period before establishing HJC and HPC developing working-plan in the transition period. Moreover, it is focused on ensuring also court organisation and their role according to the new legislation with regard to the court administration issues. Additionally, it focusses on the practical implementation and provides input for the drafting of needed sub legal acts, regulations or manuals.

  1. High Prosecutorial Council and Prosecution Offices

The main objective of this activity is assisting the establishment of the new High Prosecutorial Council and assisting in specialized capacity building of members and staff of the Council. Moreover, it involves monitoring of the implementation of the new laws, the transfer of tasks from the General Prosecutor to the Council, and the elaboration of sublegal acts and standard operating procedures. In addition, it assists elaborating new templates on criminal proceedings according to the new amendments of the CPC.

  1. Judicial Training

The objective of this activity is mainly assisting the School of Magistrates in training the candidate magistrates, judges, prosecutors in particular on the legislation within the reform, as well as other training institutions for advocates and notaries. Additionally, it performs training for legal assistants, chancellors and other judicial civil servants, and assists the bodies who have taken over new responsibilities for the training of judicial civil servants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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