Presenting the preliminary findings of the second CEPEJ assessment of the judicial system in Kosovo*

Strasbourg 4 December 2018
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Presenting the preliminary findings of the second CEPEJ assessment of the judicial system in Kosovo*

On 29 November 2018, the CEPEJ international expert Ms Julinda Beqiraj met with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice to present the preliminary findings of the second CEPEJ assessment of the judicial system in Kosovo, based on the 2017 data, and to discuss the recommendations made in the first assessment report, which are still entirely valid at the present time. These findings, according to the Secretary General, are particularly relevant and valuable for the discussions on efficiency of the judicial system, which are being held in the framework of the Functional Review process of the Rule of Law Sector led by the Ministry of Justice. The establishment of a sustainable process of data collection was also discussed, with the appointment of a coordinator in charge of this process within the Ministry of Justice. The expert also met with the Chair of the Kosovo Judicial Council and the director of the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council. They reiterated their continued willingness to contribute to these regular assessments based on the CEPEJ methodology.

The expert mission was organised by the KoSEJ Action “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Kosovo”, which is part of the programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

At a glance

In setting up the European Commission for  the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) at the end of 2002, at the initiative of the European  ministers of Justice who met in London (2000), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe wanted to establish an innovative body for improving the quality and efficiency of the European judicial systems and  strengthening the court users’ confidence in such systems.

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The CEPEJ develops concrete measures and tools aimed at policy makers and judicial practitioners in order to:

  • Analyse the functioning of judicial systems and orientate public policies of justice
  • Have a better knowledge of judicial timeframes and optimize judicial time management
  • Promote the quality of the public service of justice
  • Facilitate the implementation of European standrards in the field of justice
  • Support member states in their reforms on court organisations

The CEPEJ also contributes with specific expertise to debates about the functioning of the justice system in order to provide a forum for discussion and proposals and bring the users closer to their justice system.