Members of the Kosovo Judicial Council and the High Judicial Council of Albania met in Tirana to discuss shared challenges concerning the functioning of their respective justice systems as well as the support that CEPEJ could provide in the coming years as a continuation of the CEPEJ co-operation programmes in the region. Discussions focused on judicial statistics to assess efficiency, quality and judicial reforms, the evaluation of judge’s performance, digitalisation of justice, the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, judicial time management and actions to reduce backlogs, with presentations from high-level CEPEJ experts on CEPEJ tools, indicators and good practices. The results of the third report of the Dashboard Western Balkans for 2021 were also presented.
This activity was jointly organised by CEPEJ actions in the region, namely the KoSEJ II action “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo*”, the regional action “Towards a better evaluation of the results of judicial reforms in the Western Balkans – Dashboard Western Balkans“ and the SEJ III action “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Albania”, which are parts of the joint programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for Westerna Balkan and Turkey - phase II", 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