Albania Fully Supports Copenhagen Declaration
Albanian Daily News
Published April 14, 2018
Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj attended the High Level Conference meeting in Copenhagen April 12-13 at the initiative of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe with focus on the reform of the European Convention on Human Rights system. The Copenhagen Declaration has been formally adopted by all 47 member states of the Council of Europe following the high-level conference in Copenhagen attended by more than 20 Ministers of Justice.
In her speech, Minister Gjonaj focused on the justice reform undertaken by the Albanian government, stating that "over the last three years, Albania has undertook a difficult, unique but courageous reform in the justice system to bring it up to European standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law".
Gjonaj spoke of the protection of minorities, as another priority of the Albanian government, which, according to her, has undergone a significant progress. She also addressed the property reform launched by the government, stressing that the effective implementation of the concrete legal mechanism for the settlement of property issues has already started.
On behalf of the Albanian Government, Justice Minister has guaranteed full support for the Copenhagen Declaration and commitment to the implementation of this reform in order to ensure an effective and balanced system for the protection of human rights.
The goal of the high level conference with the participation of delegations from all 47 Members States was the adoption of Copenhagen Declaration, which follows up on previous political declarations adopted in Interlaken, Izmir, Brighton and Brussels. In his word, Danish Minister of Justice Soren Pape Poulsen said the Copenhagen Conference has been an important opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights. "We have in Copenhagen agreed on a vision of a more effective, focused and balanced Convention system. A system, where Member States take on a larger role and responsibility at national level, and where the Strasbourg Court can focus its efforts on identifying serious systemic and structural problems, and important questions of interpretation and application of the Convention," he said.
Furthermore, Minister Gjonaj held a meeting with the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Guido Raimondi, in the framework of the high level conference held in Denmark. Gjonaj assured ECHR President of the full engagement of the Albanian government for the implementation of ECHR decisions. She said the Albanian government has paid special attention to human rights protection while implementing a series of deep reforms that have been undertaken to strengthen and consolidate the rule of law over the last few years. Justice Minister expressed the willingness of the Albanian government to cooperate with the European Court's structures to find the best solution to the property issue.
On his part, ECHR President Guido Raimondi expressed readiness for cooperation of court structures with the Albanian side on property issues.
Gjonaj also held a meeting with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, discussing the reforms of justice system, in particular the effectiveness and access to justice, juvenile justice and the rights of persons convicted by medical measures.