U.S. Embassy Statement

An independent, accountable, and professional judiciary will benefit Albanian citizens who have overwhelmingly expressed support for justice sector reform. A fully functioning justice system is also in the clear interest of Albanian judges and prosecutors.
We call on Albanian judges and prosecutors to ensure a free and transparent election process for magistrates in the High Prosecutorial Council and High Judicial Council. The continuous institution-building of justice reform must be maintained and confirmed this week.
This is the chance for judges and prosecutors to contribute to and shape the Albanian justice system for the future and hope of all Albanians. We expect them to show ownership and a sense of responsibility in the establishment of these vital institutions.
Maintaining progress, especially through the establishment of the independent judicial structures foreseen by the Constitutional reform, is an essential step on the path towards the opening of EU accession negotiations in June 2019.