It has been more than a year since the deadlock over the Judicial Reform has turned into a blaming game among the political parties.
Scapegoating is the only political strategy in efforts to unfreeze the disagreements and advance the political agendas, entirely different from what the Judicial Reform sustains.
Every time the European Union and the International Community "assigns homework", the rhetoric starts, but it dies out shortly after, and the deadlock is back on as soon as the reform moves one step forward.
With the ongoing feud, it appears that the Judicial Reform will be lingering till the parties agree on a political platform that will protect the assets of the ruling class.
The Judicial Reform is multifaceted and quite complex. What makes it more intricate, is the nonlinear and non-traditional nature of the process.
In other words, Albania has released some judicial sovereignty in exchange for membership in the E.U. Since the Reform is one of the requirements to enter the EU, it is considered a moral obligation to the people of Albania. But in fact, not much will change this time around. It will be same old diverting from the real problems and scapegoating the other party for its failure.
In an interview last year, Prime Minister Rama said that the Judicial Reform is the key to open up the negotiation process: The same argument supported by the EU Ambassador in Albania, Romana Vlahutin.
Overhauling the structure of the entire judicial system has proved to be a challenge. The first step of the reform starts with a vetting process. Under this process, judges and prosecutors are screened thoroughly.
Their financial assets, real estate holdings, and cash value will be disclosed to the appropriate commissions.
Once the Article 45 of the judicial reform became law it allowed international experts in the judiciary and granted them the power to investigate, to assess, to evaluate estates, and financial assets.
The officials to undergo the process are primarily judges and prosecutors, perhaps, later on, politicians
Hence, the political crisis last spring aimed to solve the deadlock and the partiality in implementing the reform. But not much has changed since. The Democratic Party leaders are very unsatisfied with the prerequisites of the judicial reform. Among other concerns, the Democratic Party and LSI (Socialist Movement for Integration) are worried that the judicial reform will turn into an instrument for the Socialist Party to control the political game.
One of the leaders of LSI in a press conference stated: “The Judicial Reform is a tale from the past. Failure to meet the requirements for the vetting institutions it’s a government's effort to keep the justice system under control!”