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Five men and a woman deliver remarks
April 9, 2014

The improvement of court efficiency brought together today a high level meeting of justice sector stakeholders at the Ministry of Justice, organized with the support of the USAID’s JuST project and the OSCE Presence in Albania.

In the focus of discussions was the experience of the Kruja District Court which is implementing since February active case management practices for avoiding unproductive hearings, wasted time and unnecessary delays which are not an uncommon experience in the Albanian judiciary. This pilot project entitled: “For Justice Without Delays” relies on better pretrial preparation and more attention to the principle that every court hearing should be a meaningful one. It includes specific targets for the Kruja District Court, such as reducing the number of court sessions from 14 to 4 in complex civil cases, and from almost 9 to 3 for criminal cases. The Kruja District Court initiative is strongly supported by the High Council of Justice and the Ministry of Justice. OSCE and USAID support includes help with process design, data collection and analysis, and information dissemination.

U.S. Ambassador Alexander Arvizu meets with journalists
January 29, 2013

TIRANA-JANUARY 29, 2013      U.S. Ambassador Alexander Arvizu attended today the launch of the newly-established Association of Journalists for Justice (SHGD) and its independent online media venue for the publication of investigative stories in Albania.   USAID, through its Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST), is working with journalists to increase reporting and to conduct investigative journalism.  In forming an association, journalists will be able to advocate for and protect their rights as well as to manage an independent media source for reports.

USAID Completes Project to Support Albania’s New Cyber Incident Response Agency
January 9, 2013

TIRANA-JANUARY 9, 2013   Today, USAID celebrated the completion of its Albanian Cyber-Security Program, a two-year initiative that helped build the Government of Albania’s (GoA) capacity to prevent and respond to cyber-security incidents.  USAID/Albania Mission Director, Mr. Jim Barnhart, and Albania’s Minister of Innovation and ICT, Mr.

Memorandum of understanding to cooperate in planning and implementing a low emission development strategy
December 12, 2012

TIRANA, DECEMBER 12, 2012 -  USAID and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration signed today a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in planning and implementing a low emission development strategy to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases in Albania.

USAID Supports New Pogradec District Court Reconstructions
December 3, 2012

POGRADEC, DECEMBER 3, 2012    The new Pogradec District Court building was inuaguerated today by Chargė d'Affaires in Albania Henry Jardine during a ceremony attended by the Minister of Justice Eduard Halimi and the Vice Chair of the High Council of Justice, Elvis Cefa.  The extensive reconstructions, which were paid for by the Albanian government with the support of USAID, addressed longstanding infrastructure problems.  The ceremony highlighted the role the renovations will play in increasing transparency, efficiency, and accountability of the court.

International finance experts from EU and Balkan countries participated in panel discussions and presented case studies on issue
October 31, 2012

Today, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, the Head of the EU Delegation of Albania, Ambassador Ettore Sequi, and USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, delivered remarks at the opening of an international conference on the independence of financial regulators .

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