Rama: Justice reform cannot be held hostage to different political agenda

Edi Rama; Photo: Tanjug / Dragan Kujundžić

TIRANA – Justice reform cannot be held hostage to different political agenda while opening of Albania’s accession talks with the EU is a national responsibility, said on Friday Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama at the annual meeting with journalists.

The prime minister pointed at attempts of stimulating another artificial crisis over the justice reform as one side finds it impossible to accept that the justice reform is indispensability and cannot be stopped.

“However, the reform is being implemented, the vetting organs are now working full time and I believe that early next year it will yield the first concrete results of cleaning the Palace of Justice from the corrupted judges and prosecutors”, said PM Rama.

On the other hand, the election of the temporary Prosecutor-General, according to him, is done while ensuring continuation of work of the prosecutor-general institution and at the same time guaranteeing that “the reform cannot be held hostage to different political agenda”.

Likewise, emphasized PM Rama that the process has already entered into a new phase of implementation and side by side with the vetting process and the first concrete results of cleaning the Palace of Justice will be set up the new institutions of a fundamentally reformed justice system.

Moreover, the criminality figures have experienced a falling trend approaching to the average of the EU countries. No news is good news hence, statistics provide the real crime figures, said PM Rama.

Further on, the prime minister said that Albania opening EU membership negotiations remains a national responsibility of all the sides.

 

“Opposition convulsions against justice reform through hampering the vetting process and the attempt of turning the legal election of the Prosecutor General into a moment of artificial crisis are to the detriment of Albania’s interest in regard to opening of the EU membership negotiations,” said PM Rama.