Fleckenstein: Speed up the processes and EU will support the implementation of state-building reforms

Minister of Justice, Etilda Gjonaj, received yesterday in an official meeting the Rapporteur for Albania in the European Parliament, MEP Knut Fleckenstein, accompanied by the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation in Tirana, Luigi Soreca. The reform of justice and the establishment of new institutions, the fight against corruption, the reform of the penitentiary system and the new measures for strengthening internal security and property reform were the main topics under discussion. The Minister of Justice introduced the EP Rapporteur with the ongoing work for the reformation of the justice system, the results of which have been assessed as very good. The interlocutors focused in particular on the progress of the process of establishing new justice institutions, which are expected to be completed very soon.

Regarding measures in the fight against corruption, Minister Gjonaj emphasized that the mechanism established by the government is functioning with full efficiency, evidencing and punishing a considerable number of directors and administration officials. The Anti-corruption Task Force in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies has sent 35 high officials to prosecution, while disciplinary measures have been taken for about 400 officials. Speaking about the reform of the penitentiary system, Minister Gjonaj has highlighted the most recent measures taken by the Government to increase internal security in prisons by imposing a special regime for prisoners or pre-detainees accused of organized crime, illegal traffickers or terrorism.

Property reform has been another important issue discussed at the meeting. Minister Gjonaj informed Mr. Fleckenstein with the recent legal changes on the reorganization of property institutions and the review of the legal framework. According to her, this is a historic reform because it aims to put an end to the chaotic situation that has prevailed in the country for more than two decades.

For his part, EP Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein praised the great efforts that have been made not only in the Justice Reform but also in other processes such as the fight against corruption, land reform and the penitentiary system. He urged the speeding up of the processes and expressed willingness to support the implementation of state-building reforms.

/Klara Ruci/