Answer to Written Question: Functioning of Albania’s courts

(Source: European Parliament)

EN

E-001364/2021

Answer given by Mr Várhelyi

on behalf of the European Commission

(1.6.2021)

In the assessment of the Commission, Albania has fulfilled all the conditions set by the Council in its Conclusions of 25 March 2020 for holding the first Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) of accession negotiations[1].

As regards justice reform, the Commission recalls that the IGC condition is to ‘ensure the continued implementation of the judicial reform, including ensuring the functioning of the Constitutional Court and the High Court, taking into account relevant international expertise including applicable opinions of the Venice Commission’.

Albania has ensured the continued implementation of the judicial reform and functioning of the Constitutional Court and the High Court, thus fulfilling the relevant IGC condition above. The Constitutional Court of Albania is functional since three members were appointed at the end of December 2020, and has adopted 18 decisions following plenary sessions by March 2021. The High Court of Albania is functional since March 2020. It has delivered 2693 decisions by March 2021 in administrative, civil and criminal matters. The Court can review decisions of Anti-Corruption and Organised Crime Specialised Courts. In March 2021, upon the promotion of four new judges, the High Court reached seven judges in office.

The Commission will monitor the continued compliance in all the areas underlined above.


[1] https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-7002-2020-INIT/en/pdf

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