Towards a better evaluation of the results of judicial reforms in the Western Balkans – “Dashboard Western Balkans“
2019 - 2022
Context of the Action
This Action is implemented in the framework of the Horizontal Facility II (2019-2022), a co-operation initiative of the European Union and Council of Europe for the Western Balkans and Turkey. The Horizontal Facility II enables the beneficiaries to meet their reform agendas in the fields of human rights, rule of law and democracy and to comply with the European standards. It is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. It builds upon the results and progress achieved under the first phase of the programme, implemented in the period 2016-2019.
Objectives of the Action
The overall objective is to reach a better measurement of the results of the judicial reforms conducted by the beneficiaries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Kosovo*) to allow them to base their future policies and budget allocations on the CEPEJ findings to address outstanding steps needed to complete their reforms and improve the quality, efficiency and/or accountability of their justice system in line with European standards. To this end, the Action will support the annual collection and processing of data on the functioning of the judicial systems of the beneficiaries and provide and implement tailor-made technical expertise and capacity building activities designed from the results of the data collection.
* 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.
- Improved mechanisms of collection, processing and analysis of judicial data in accordance with CEPEJ standards and tools with the beneficiaries;
- Strengthened capacity to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the judicial system and measure the results of the judicial reforms within the beneficiaries.
Methodology of data collection
The CEPEJ collects annually data of the preceding year on the functioning of the justice system in each beneficiary. The methodology for the collection and quality check of data used by the CEPEJ in Evaluation cycles apply to this exercise. Each beneficiary appoints a Dashboard correspondent entrusted with the collection and coordination of the replies to the CEPEJ Dashboard Questionnaire, through the electronic system: CEPEJ-COLLECT. This correspondent is the unique interlocutor of the CEPEJ Secretariat during the whole process. The CEPEJ Questionnaire contains questions from the general CEPEJ evaluation cycles, and some additional questions specific for this Action, some defined in liaison with the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Department for the execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The CEPEJ Dashboard Questionnaire is accompanied by an explanatory note to ensure comparability of data collected through this process. Extensive work is carried out by the Action team responsible for the data collection within the CEPEJ secretariat to verify the quality of the data submitted by the project correspondents.
2021 Data collection results
Two documents to show the results of the data collection for 2021 were delivered to European Commission in the framework of the Dashboard Western Balkans Action.
Comparative tables and graphs explore the regional trends regarding some indicators related to efficiency and quality of the justice systems in the Western Balkans beneficiaries. These tables and graphs also include previous cycles’ data (2020 and 2019 as well as the 2018 data when available). Each of the 12 indicators is introduced by an overview of the main regional trends.
Moreover, the CEPEJ prepared 6 “Beneficiary Profiles” to provide an in-depth user-friendly analysis of each beneficiary’s justice system. Infographics, tables, graphs, comparisons with previous cycles’ data as well as with the regional medians have been used. Narrative explanations have been added throughout the document to further facilitate the understanding of the presented data, as well as two-page executive summary. Each profile also includes specific analysis for certain indicators related to the independence and accountability of the judicial system.
Part 2 - Beneficiaries profiles
The second meeting of the Steering Committee of the Action "Support for a better evaluation of the results of judicial reform efforts in the Eastern Partnership" ("Justice Dashboard EaP") will take place on 24 November 2022 via videoconference. It will bring together representatives of the...
The fourth meeting of the Steering committee of the Action “Towards a better evaluation of the results of judicial reforms in the Western Balkans – Dashboard Western Balkans“ took place on 13 October 2022 via videoconference. It has brought together the CEPEJ dashboard correspondents who are...
Organisation of a workshop to improve the judicial training data collection as a part of the Dashboard Western Balkans
During a workshop organised on 23 September 2022 in Dürres (Albania), the CEPEJ correspondents for the Dashboard Western Balkans and the representatives of the judicial training institutions of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia and Serbia shared experiences and good...
The third meeting of the Steering committee of the Action "Dashboard Western Balkans: Towards a better evaluation of the results of judiciary reform efforts in the Western Balkans" will take place on 27 September 2021 via videoconference. It will bring together representatives of the European...
Dashboard Western Balkans: Workshop on statistical data concerning external donor’s fund, legal aid and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia
The CEPEJ organised on 18th February an online workshop for the representatives of the six beneficiaries of the Action "Dashboard Western Balkans" (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia). Representatives of the European Union also attended. Participants...
Dashboard for the Western Balkans: Meetings with the beneficiaries to determine future capacity building activities in collecting statistical data
After assessing the capacity of beneficiaries to collect, process and transfer judicial statistics on the basis of a first cycle 2019-2020, bilateral videoconference meetings are organised throughout the month of November between the CEPEJ and the beneficiaries of the action (Albania, Bosnia and...
The second meeting of the Steering committee of the project "Dashboard Western Balkans: Towards a better evaluation of the results of judiciary reform efforts in the Western Balkans" took place on 16 October 2020 via videoconference. It brought together representatives of the European Commission...
Dashboard for the Western Balkans: visits to support data collection for the beneficiaries of the project
The CEPEJ organised between 19 and 28 November 2019 data collection support visits for the beneficiaries of the project "Dashboard for the Western Balkans: towards a better evaluation of the results of judicial reform efforts in the Western Balkans". These visits took place in Pristina (Kosovo*),...