Ministri i Drejtësisë
Z. Nasip Naço
Prezantimi i TAIEX
The Minister Nishani and the EU Ambassador in Tirana, Lohan, inaugurate the first centre of the Reintegration of Juveniles, with an EU fund of 2.75 million EUR
This institute is the first of its kind in Albania, thus practically implementing the concept of restorative justice and re-integration towards strict punitive measures on juveniles in conflict with law. EU made available another amount of 750,000 EUR for the improvement of professional skills of the leading staff the Centre.
“Upon the establishment of the Institute or Centre of Re-integration of Juveniles in Kavaja, we are launching today an important step toward the rehabilitation and re-integration of juveniles who serve their sentence in our prisons”. The Minister of Justice, Mr. Bujar Nishani opened his speech with these words today in front of the participants of the official ceremony for the establishment of the first centre of its kind in Albania, dealing with the re-education and re-integration towards punitive measures on juveniles in conflict with law.
“The present ceremony held today coincides with another development. The Albanian Parliament is approving a law on pardon which restructures the vision of the rehabilitation and integration of convicts as a primary goal of a democratic society. This commitment and responsibility for the reintegration become increasingly important when we refer to juveniles” –further stated in his speech the Minister of Justice.
The Albanian system of justice still suffers from the adaptation of needs and peculiarities of juveniles in conflict with law. The creation of a pre-trial detention system where the juveniles must not be kept in the same overcrowded space together with adults as well as the obvious lack of professional skills of persons dealing with them, have caused the Albanian government, due to the EU assistance, to launch the implementation of this significant project upon the construction of the Centre of Re-integration of Juveniles in Kavaja.
In addition to the isolation spaces, the Centre has also teaching classrooms, workshops, recreational spaces and medical facilities, thus providing the infrastructure required for the work on re-integration of juveniles into the society. All 39 juveniles who are currently accommodated in the Centre shall be offered mandatory education just like their peers out of the Centre, as well as vocational training classes. All of them participate in works in groups and take up indoor and outdoor sports in order to facilitate their safe return to the society.
Together with the construction and supply of the Centre, the EU also financed the training of the personnel of the Centre on work with the juveniles in conflict with law. In addition to training seminars, the initial personnel of the Centre also benefitted from a study tour in Holland, to gain experience from the functioning of similar centres in the EU member countries.
During the inauguration ceremony in Kavaja, the Head of the Delegation of European Union, Ambassador Helmuth Lohan stressed out “We are glad of the opportunity we had to help Albania with the challenge of the re-integration of juveniles in conflict with law”. Ambassador Lohan continued to reiterate that following the termination of such assistance, the stability of the personnel trained on the work with juveniles and budget planning in the future for operational costs of the Centre remain important prerequisites to afford those juveniles a second better opportunity.
The construction and supply of the Centre were financed by 2 million EUR from the EU. The project “On the right track: Establishment of a fair preventive and restorative system for juveniles in Albania” was co-financed by the Swedish Agency of Cooperation for International Development SIDA (1.5 million EUR) and from the EU (0.75 million EUR) and was implemented by UNICEF.
During the ceremony, the Minister Nishani also spoke about other projects and programs on the rehabilitation of convicts in prisons and establishment of the Probation Service in four other counties, as well as negotiations with the Ministry of Finance on involvement of convicts in the social insurance scheme.
Nishani : Negotiations with the Ministry of Finance on involvement of convicts in the social insurance scheme
During the ceremony, the Minister Nishani spoke about other projects and programs on the rehabilitation of convicts in prisons. Probation Service is established in four other counties
“Greater challenges lie ahead of us and the road is too long until we reach the standards required for a country having the obligation and objective of membership in all European countries.
The commitment of all stakeholders of the Albanian state to the process in this area is serious and shall be continuous.
The cooperation the Ministry of Justice has already established with the Ministry of Education in the implementation of direct programs and projects is a step to be further consolidated. The projects and programs of the Ministry of Justice and the General Directorate of Prisons with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and their commitment to professional courses is the right and appropriate way. Efforts and negotiations are made between the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance for the involvement in the social insurance scheme of all persons serving their sentence in prisons.
The probation service has brought a new standard not only for the mentality but also for the commitment to persons’ rehabilitation. It is established in four countries and its establishment in four other counties is just approved by the Prime Minister.
Also, I believe that the start of the functioning of State Committee on Legal Assistance is a step taken to pave the way for the provision of free legal aid and legal assistance financed by the state for all people in need and people for whom, it is financially impossible to benefit legal assistance.
Today’s ceremony coincides with another development of the Albanian parliament such as the one related to the pardon, which restructures this vision as an important goal of a democratic society.
The rule of law is an instrument to be further consolidated on a day-to-day basis. The society must rehabilitate and re-integrate the convicts but such commitment and responsibility become increasingly important when we refer to juveniles.