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Dear members of the Albanian judiciary and prosecution, Dear Chairpersons, Dear friends,
I am very glad to be with you amongst judges and prosecutors today to exchange experience on the fight against corruption and organised crime.
Today's topic directly concerns three of the five key priorities for Albania's EU integration: the implementation of justice reform, the fight against corruption and the fight against organised crime. The crucial steps of the past months, including the establishment of the two Councils, have shown that the reform is delivering and is irreversible. Let me take this opportunity to stress how important the Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime Courts and the Special Prosecution Office are to success of Albania's justice reform.
The implementation of the reform is going ahead and we are now at the stage of setting up of SPAK, with future independent judges and prosecutors discussing practices and exchanging experiences on how the fight against corruption and organised crime can be pursued in the best way.
I would like to strongly encourage you to be part of this historic development and to contribute to the building up of an independent and corruption-free judiciary in Albania.
A lot of expectations rely on you. The citizens of Albania have high hopes for these new structures and want to see the tangible positive impact on their life. So does the European Union.
The EU is supporting the setting up and functioning of these structures. Euralius is currently assisting the councils in this phase, on internal rules and procedures to rank of candidates. We are following closely all steps in this regards, to ensure that the process remains merit based and that the most excellent candidates are selected.
Once established, Euralius and Pameca will continue to support the new institutions.
As for the setting up of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the EU together with the USA will provide expert guidance and advice for a period of two years. This will include monitoring of the recruitment process and training of investigators, as provided for in the SPAK law.
Before I leave the floor to the former Head of the Croatian prosecution office, Ms. Tamara Laptos, I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate you for having reached this point, for being here today, and for your interest and – I hope – personal intentions regarding this future structure.
The EU is by your side, committed to support Albania in building an independent, efficient and quality judicial system which delivers justice to all Albanian citizens.