EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca during a meeting on Justice Reform, along with Minister Gjonaj and US Ambassador Yuri Kim said that this will be a critical year for the Justice Reform. According to Soreca, there are two short-term emergent issues to be addressed with regard to Justice Reform: filling the vacancies in the Constitutional and Supreme Courts that have rendered these two important courts dysfunctional, as well as supporting the SPAK. “The EU has supported the Reform since day one. It has been the biggest commitment both politically and financially driven by the belief that it is the only way to build a democratic, stable and EU-ready Albania.

We have provided 34m euros for the Justice Reform, an unprecedented financial backing. These have been intense years that have required nerves of steel. It’s hard not to see what Albania has achieved. More than 70 legal texts have been amended, not including constitutional amendments, Vetting or the creation of new bodies. You will write the history of Albania in every step you take and despite the fact that you are not in charge of the institutions. We need to first finalize the court map, strategy and budget for the personnel, IT system and infrastructure. In the short term, emergencies need to be address ed. Vacancies in the Constitutional and Supreme Courts should be filled and SPAK should be supported, ”said Soreca.