The Venice Commission in its session held on Friday voted two important legal opinions for Kosovo;

that for the Vetting process in the justice system and the Draft Law on the Bureau for Confiscation of Unjustifiable Assets.

A day later, the Minister of Justice, Albulena Haxhiu, showed that this Commission has given the green light to the proposal of the Government of Kosovo for Vetting.

Haxhiu also announced that the Venice Commission has given the green light for the formalization of work for the State Bureau for Confiscation of Assets.

In a press conference with Prime Minister Albin Kurti, she said that in Kosovo there will be full Vetting in the justice system, starting with the heads of justice institutions.

"Vetting will be complete and proper, starting with the heads of justice institutions.

"We will be ready to cooperate with both the Judicial Council and the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, with international partners and opposition parties so that these reforms can be implemented," Haxhiu told the media on Saturday.

Minister of Justice, Albulena Haxhiu

The news that the way has already been opened for Vetting and the creation of the Bureau for Confiscation of Property was given by the Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, who said that the beginning of the reform of the judicial system is substantial.

According to him, these two reforms in the judicial system have been highly praised by the Venice Commission.

"Today I am before you to present the beginning of substantial reform of the judiciary, vetting and confiscation of unjustifiable assets."

"Both of these were highly praised by the Venice Commission, which has given full confidence to the Government of Kosovo to implement the promised reform", said the Prime Minister.

According to him, justice and the rule of law are pillars of a democratic state.

“… Our program aims at justice.

"It is our duty to act through substantive reforms for the benefit of the rule of law, strong judicial power through energetic prosecutors and wise judges," he said.

The head of the Kosovo executive said that everyone is witnessing the frequent stigmatization of the judiciary by judges and prosecutors themselves with unconscious actions, reckless and politically influenced.

"Such a judiciary challenges citizenship nuk we do not want such a judiciary," he added.

Prime Minister Albin Kurti

On the other hand, the European Union Office in Kosovo has encouraged the Government of Kosovo to pursue judicial reform in line with relevant European and international standards as well as the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

The spokesman of the EU Office in Kosovo, Nikola Gaon in a statement to the Telegraph stressed that the EU appreciates the work of the Venice Commission for issuing opinions on the Concept Paper on Vetting of Judges and Prosecutors, draft amendments to the Constitution of Kosovo, as well as the Draft Law on State Bureau for Verification and Confiscation of Unjustifiable Assets.

"It is important to ensure that every measure of justice reform is designed and implemented in accordance with European standards and the recommendations outlined by the Venice Commission in its opinions.

In line with the views of the Venice Commission, the EU considers that large-scale vetting of all judges and prosecutors should only be considered as a last resort once all existing means and mechanisms for ensuring integrity within the judiciary, "he said.

Gaon further added that the EU strongly encourages the Government of Kosovo to pursue judicial reform in line with relevant European and international standards and the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

"To ensure long-term impact, a more comprehensive approach to judicial reform is needed.

The EU has an ongoing dialogue with the Government of Kosovo on justice reform issues.

"The EU welcomes further engagement in this issue for the benefit of the citizens of Kosovo and for strengthening the rule of law," he said.

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Telegraphy

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