A significant landmark was marked in the journey of Kosovo’s legal institutions, supported by EUKOJUST to Albania at the end of April. A diverse group of representatives from various Kosovo institutions, including the Ministry of Justice, Kosovo Judicial Council, Courts, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance, Labor and Transports, and Enforcement Officers, embarked on a three-day study visit to Albania. The objective was clear: to gain experience and perspective for the drafting of Kosovo’s Civil Procedure Code.
The Working Group responsible for this immense task sought to deepen their understanding of civil procedure by drawing on the knowledge and experience of their Albanian counterparts. The shared history and similarities between the two countries allowed for a rich exchange of ideas and practices, which will be invaluable for the successful drafting of the Civil Procedure Code.
During the study visit, the representatives of the Kosovo institutions met with key officials of the Albanian Ministry of Justice, including the Deputy Minister Karametaj, Representatives of the Minister’s Cabinet, and the Director of the Ministry’s Legal Office. The discussions were fruitful, fostering a broader perspective on civil procedures and paving the way for an effective drafting process.
Moreover, members of the Working Group also had the opportunity to interact with members of the High Court of Albania, including the acting President Mr. Sokol Sadushi, Mr. Artur Kalaja, Chair of High Court’s Civil Section, Mr. Asim Vokshi – Judge of the High Court, as well as other Court’s staff. This proved to be an enlightening experience, giving our team firsthand exposure to the workings of the highest judicial body in Albania.
The EUKOJUST project is committed to fostering closer relationships between Kosovo and its neighbors to support the development of the country’s legal infrastructure. This successful study visit exemplifies our mission and paves the way for the creation of a comprehensive and effective Civil Procedure Code for Kosovo. EUKOJUST is looking forward to sharing further developments on the drafting of Kosovo’s Civil Procedure Code and other project-supported initiatives that seek to reinforce Kosovo’s justice system.