Retour Advancing support to justice institutions in Pristina to improve their efficiency and quality

Pristina 15 March 2023
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Advancing support to justice institutions in Pristina to improve their efficiency and quality

The EU and Council of Europe joint action on “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice” (KoSEJ III) organised its first Steering Committee meeting with the participation of key partners and beneficiaries.

Following welcoming remarks of Frank Power, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina and Nicola Scaramuzzo, Team Leader for the Rule of Law in the European Union Office, Albert Zogaj, Chairman of the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC); Jetish Maloku, Chairman of the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC); Selvije Elezaj, Head of Policy Coordination Division in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ); Enver Fejzullahu, Director of the Justice Academy delivered opening speeches.

The action team presented the areas of action foreseen for the upcoming months. First, the action will support justice institutions in making a full use of statistics to guide their policy decisions, at court level, Councils level and Ministry level. Another important component will be to provide expertise for the further digitalisation of courts with the use of e-summonses and the elaboration of the KJC IT strategic plan. The action will also address the issue of Data Quality, by working with the users in the courts as well as ensuring that they make a consistent and full use of the Case Management Information System. Finally, the action will continue the training on CEPEJ tools in cooperation with the Justice Academy.

The discussion on the objectives and key milestones for the future, is based on the needs and priorities of the respective beneficiaries and paying specific attention to the Joint Commitment on justice reform signed between the Ministry of Justice, the KJC, and KPC at the beginning of the week.

Welcome to the Council of Europe Office in Pristina

The Council of Europe Office in Pristina began its cooperation activities in the areas of human rights, rule of law and democracy in 1999. Since then  the Office has continuously facilitated the delivery of significant programmes of support towards the realisation of Council of Europe standards in practice for all people, assisting key institutions in the process of their democratic reforms.

Our cooperation has so far focused on building the capacities of judges and prosecutors on European Human Rights standards, supporting effective civil society engagement, promoting cultural diversity, providing expert support to legislative development, reinforcing independent institutions such as the Ombudsperson Institution, strengthening the role of the media and working to counteract economic crime and corruption, and elections monitoring. We have also provided the support of our expert monitoring and other mechanisms in line with relevant agreements.

The Council of Europe functions in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and in this context the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), OSCE Mission, the European Union Office in Kosovo and European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo are among our key strategic partners. Driven by a commitment to addressing local needs, ensuring value-added contributions and reinforcing partnerships, the Council of Europe Office in Pristina actively coordinates efforts with all relevant local and international actors in the field.

You will find further information about the Office, our cooperation and monitoring in the links above, as well as about the work of the Council of Europe in general.