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Reform in the justice system receives the first positive feedback from the Venice Commission

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Tirana, 25 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

The procedure for the approval of the Judiciary Reform is expected to enter a new phase, as experts of the Venice Commission say that it is in the right path.

A delegation of experts of the Venice Commission visited Tirana to talk to the sides involved in the process.

Head of the delegation of experts, Tomas Markert, said at the end of the meetings that “we will issue the final comments in the final report, but I can say that the reform is in the right path”.

What attracted the attention in the experts’ declarations was the equilibrium preserved by them on the proposals of the majority and opposition in relation to the election of the heads of the justice institutions.

“The most argued topic relates to the majority that must be used to elect the heads of different institutions. Experts have proposed an election with 3/5 of the votes, while the opposition with 2/3 of the votes. Both of these options are in line with European standards, therefore there’s no need for the intervention of the Venice Commission”, Mr. Markert said (photo).

But it seems that for the Venice Commission, the standard of candidates is more important than the election of the heads of judiciary institutions. “In the framework of the selection procedure, we must make sure that the candidates meet standards. According to us, there exist several options for the solution of this situation and I believe that political forces in the country must agree”, Markert suggested.

“According to us, there are several options for the solution of this situation and I believe that political forces in Albania must agree”, Markert said.

As they have done before, experts considered the judiciary reform in Albania as necessary.

“This is not a simple reform. Time is needed to make it and this reform must regulate the status of the prosecutor, judge and fight corruption”, Mr. Markert said.

“We praise the assessment given by judges and prosecutors, we have issued details and recommendations in the meetings that we have held, therefore the interim report has many pages”, he added.

Meanwhile, as far as Albanian experts who prepared the draft reform are concerned, there’s contained optimism especially by the majority. Legal expert Gent Ibrahimi says that “the technical side of our draft is legitimized”.

“But there are also political influences. We cannot deny the political dimensions of this reform and at this point, Venice’s rapporteurs have a big problem”, Ibrahimi said.

Meanwhile, the opposition’s experts are yet to offer their assessment. /ibna/

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