On Friday, 1 November 2019 the Cooperation Agreement between Eurojust and Albania entered into force. The Eurojust Agreement with Albania was originally signed on 5 October 2018, in Tirana by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Albania Ms. Etilda Gjonaj and President of Eurojust Mr. Ladislav Hamran (pictured left). Since then, the working group focused on implementing the Eurojust Agreement (pictured below) has been working hard to fulfill the necessary requirements, such as sufficient data-protection guarantees in the exchange of personal data. This working group consists of representatives of the Albanian Ministry of Justice, General Prosecution Office and Office of the Data-Protection Commissioner, with the support of the IPA/2017 Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans Project.

As the Cooperation Agreement between Eurojust and Albania has now come into force, Albania is among others able to appoint a Liaison Prosecutor to be deployed at the EUROJUST Headquarters in The Hague. The IPA/2017 Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans Project congratulates the Albanian authorities with this achievement and is committed to providing further support for a smooth implementation of the Cooperation Agreement.

Read more about the Cooperation Agreement on Eurojust’s website here.