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Speech of Chairman Isufaj, at the opening ceremony of the Project “"Strengthening Efficiency, Accountability and Transparency of the Judicial and Prosecutorial System in Kosovo"

Prishtina, 3rd of March 2017 – Today, Chairman of Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, Blerim Isufaj, has attended and has delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Project “Strengthening Efficiency, Accountability and Transparency of the Judicial and Prosecutorial System in Kosovo"“, managed by EU Office on Kosova, implemented by Italian Supreme Judicial Council and French Ministry of Justice.

On this occasion before the attendees he said: ”It is an honour for me to be present on behalf of Kosovo Prosecutorial Council at the official launching of the Twinning Project.

When I see here important personalities and representatives of main Justice Institutions of friend states, such as Italy and France, as well as those from our country, colleagues from Judicial Council, Ministry of Justice, Chief State Prosecutor, Presidents of the Courts and other guests that are friends of justice system, I feel motivated to have a stronger belief that the project we are promoting today will indeed strengthen efficiency, accountability and transparency of the judicial and prosecutorial system.

For us as benefiters, this project provides opportunities that I am convinced we will use positively.

As already known, now those opportunities are provided to the Council, Council Committees, administrative staff of the Council, as well as for Special Prosecution.

The Project now has started with its activities and is currently at the needs assessment and analysis stage; nevertheless, there are being held trainings and discussions with benefiters` groups, for the purposes of exchanging experiences towards capacities increasing of the prosecutorial system.

I want to emphasize that the project has overcame the challenges of the initiation stage, and we as a Council are giving efforts to cooperate at any time for the best of mutual gaining. This cooperation spirit which is the core of the Twinning Project shall accompany us in the future as well.

The Council, its Committees and administration are going through a positive stage of capacities increasing, therefore the support they are providing and which is expected to be in place from Project Experts is of crucial importance. This is in particular due to the fact that we lack budget to execute activities financed by the Project.

We, with our capacities and support from our partners, are setting advanced standards in recruitment, performance evaluation, transfer, promotion and disciplining of Prosecutors. We believe that experiences shared with us by Project experts and the experience gained by the exchange visits and programs with the Italian and French judicial system shall strengthen further our capacities towards implementation of the constitutional and legal mandate.

As a Chairman of Prosecutorial Council I can freely say that we are giving efforts to offer comprehensive support for Project management and its experts. This is provided by all Council Committees, Secretariat staff, Prosecutors` Evaluation Unit, as well as all Prosecutors.

It is obvious that we have a good start and with the joint dedication I am sure that we will achieve expected successes and that we will accomplish objectives set together.

We are expecting that all activities of the Project, such as: roundtables with experts, exchange programs with Italian and French Judicial Council, as well as study visits in the respective countries, will indeed strengthen efficiency, accountability and transparency of prosecutorial system.

We are aware that those three values are foundation for a genuine Rule of Law and Order in our country and only together we will give a better understanding of the respective to the citizens of Kosova.

We as prosecutorial system have proven so far that efficiency, accountability and transparency are the most important part of our future priorities, and we believe that together we will further strengthen those values.

With hopes that we will carry on the cooperation with the proactive, creative and opened approach, we hope that we will witness that indeed we are promoters of the values which we will strengthen together.

Lastly, I would like to thank European Union for financing this project, EU Office in Prishtina for its management, as well as Italian and French Consortium for its implementation.

We remain opened for cooperation and we believe in the future joint successes.”