Between 2016 and 2019, the Siracusa Institute was the ad hoc mandated body of the Italian High Judicial Council (CSM) supporting the scientific and logistical management of the Twinning Project “Strengthening Efficiency, Accountability and Transparency of the Judicial and Prosecutorial System in Kosovo”, funded by the European Commission.
The project was conducted by the Italian High Judicial Council in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Justice; the French Ministry of Justice was junior partner of Italy, represented by Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI). The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the Rule of Law in Kosovo by strengthening the independence, efficiency, transparency and sustainability of the judiciary and prosecutorial system.
The specific objectives were: i) increase the efficiency of Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC) and Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC), including the Special Prosecutors Office in Kosovo (SPRK); ii) both Councils should introduce effectively a clear mechanism for the career development of judges and prosecutors; iii) increase the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of courts and prosecutions.
The Institute has coordinated the participation of 290 Italian experts to the 161 missions of experts which took place in Pristina. Additionally, the Institute facilitated the organization of 1 study visit and 5 traineeships to the relevant Italian judiciary institutions for delegations from the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC) and Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC). In its quality as ad hoc mandated body, the Institute was also entirely responsible for the management of the Project’s Budget.