Good governance and resilience of justice sector reform in the Western Balkans

While the SEE6 reforms were advancing, they were becoming an integral part of the conditions put by the EU for the official opening of negotiations. During 2019 we noticed a shift in the composition of EU conditionality, illustrated by the developments below:

• From chapter-based and normative methodology to reform-based and impact-oriented methodology; and

• From EU Commission as a designer, monitor, and reporter to increasing participation of member states in setting the benchmarks, scrutinizing and deciding about the progress. In Albania it was translated into the nine Bundestag conditions, the Dutch concerns on organized crime, or the French decision to block the official opening of negotiations with the EU.

The focus on the reforms and the inclusion of newly created local institutions and/or of “cleansed” ones into the Enlargement benchmark list, transforms those very institutions into indicators of the success of the whole reform. ALBE methodology brings into focus their good governance features of effectiveness, efficiency, transparency, accountability, predictability, sound financial management, and of their integrity. In our hypothesis, the institutional “good governance” conditions the quality, efficiency, and sustainability of their delivery process and the quality of their expected deliverables.

The outreach activities in Brussels are designed to contribute to the legitimacy of the justice reform in Albania through increased accountability. The presentations will provide data on the progress and the challenges of the Justice Reform focused on their good governance component. The following debates will aim to promote best examples, muster support for the newly established justice institutions, and increase their transparency, scrutiny, and accountability to the EU and other stakeholders.

*Event organized in the framework of the initiative “Preparing and Supporting Albania for the EU accession process (ALBE): Monitoring and Supporting Albania’s reforms on its path to EU” implemented by Cooperation and Development Institute and supported by the Dutch Embassy in Tirana through its MATRA program. The Brussels event is organized in cooperation with CEPS.
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