The FIIAPP, through the European project EU4Justice-Albania, has participated in a high-level round table to discuss ways to improve the transparency of the Albanian judicial system
In an important step towards improving the transparency and visibility of the Albanian HJC (High Judicial Council), Judge Arturo Valdés Trapote, senior expert responsible for the HJC support component of the EU4Justice-Albania project (funded by the European Union), has participated in a high-level round table entitled ‘Increasing Transparency and Access to the Activity of the Judicial System‘ in Vlora (Albania).
Through this roundtable, the HJC, with the support of EU4JUSTICE, aims to foster a constructive dialogue with courts and tribunals to assess the challenges and requirements related to transparency, communication and visibility of the HJC. Through various panels, the roundtable has facilitated the proposal of axes for improving transparency within the judicial system, in order to consolidate the legitimacy and trust of society in the judiciary.
The round table was attended by the president of the HJC, Mrs. Naureda Llagami and Mrs. Marçela Shehu, member of the HJC and responsible for the relationship with the media, as well as the presidents of all the Albanian Courts.
During the first day, Judge Arturo Valdés Trapote presented the mandate, approach and plan of activities to be developed during the next two years. During the conference, the importance of maintaining communication and coordination between the HJC and the different Albanian courts was emphasised, as well as the willingness and ambition of the HJC to increase its transparency and communication capacity.
The main points addressed during the roundtable were the following:
– HJC’s approach to transparency;
– Improving collaboration between the HJC and the Courts;
– Recommendations and future commitments;
– Upcoming challenges, recommendations and roadmap.
The support to the HJC of the EU4Justice project is framed in the Objective 5 of the Strategic Plan 2022-2024 of the HJC dedicated to the implementation and improvement of external communication strategies, through activities for the improvement of transparency and access to the activity of the judicial system, as well as the consolidation of the relationship between the judiciary and the society.