EU Pressure Clouds Process for Albania’s Judicial Reforms

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaks at a news conference confirming a compromise has been reached on the judiciary reform package, Tirana, Albania, July 20, 2016 (AP photo by Hektor Pustina).
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaks at a news conference confirming a compromise has been reached on the judiciary reform package, Tirana, Albania, July 20, 2016 (AP photo by Hektor Pustina).

Last month, Albania’s parliament approved a judicial reform package meant to curb corruption and patronage that was prepared with the assistance of experts from the United States and the European Union. In an email interview, Agron Alibali, a special counsel for Frost and Fire Consulting in Tirana, discusses the judicial reforms. WPR: What are the problems facing Albania’s judiciary? Agron Alibali: Albania’s judicial system today is inefficient and corrupt. The belief is that cases, especially property disputes, are decided in favor of the highest bidder. A lot of judges have amassed wealth that cannot be justified by their salaries alone. […]

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