21-22 September 2021
EUKOJUST has been working with the Legal Office within the Office of the Prime Minister (LO-OPM) for the last four months to review the existing rules on standards of drafting of legislative acts in Kosovo. Following a thorough analysis provided by EUKOJUST on the Administrative Instruction on Standards of Drafting of Normative Acts (AI), EUKOJUST provided the LO-OPM with a new draft AI with the view of aligning it with the Draft Law on Legal Acts. The latter one has received a positive opinion from the Venice Commission and it seeks to regulate for the first time in Kosovo the hierarchy of legal acts, the types of legal acts, issues of delegation with respect to sub-legal acts, consolidation and correction of legislation and main principles of drafting of legal acts. The Draft AI introduces several novelties such as the main rules on the types of acts which seek to amend legislation, rules on the drafting of legal opinions, rules on the delegation in respect of sub-legal acts, rules on approximation with the EU acquis, rules on citation and reference on other legislation, rules on consolidation of legislation etc. The Draft AI is conceptualized as an instruction accompanied by a Manual on Standards of Drafting of Legal Acts which includes more detailed rules and concrete examples for all the topics covered by the AI.
Given the importance of these two pieces of legislation, EUKOJUST and the LO-OPM organized a two-days workshop to intensively work on the finalization of these two pieces of legislation. This is the first one in a series of workshops planned to be organized with the final aim of reforming the standards of legal drafting, establishing a methodology for legal consolidation and initiating a process of legal cleaning in Kosovo.