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4 times above the average, Albanian judges and prosecutors are the best paid in Europe

4 times above the average, Albanian judges and prosecutors are the best paid in

Judges and prosecutors in Albania are the best paid in Europe in relation to the average salary of the country.

The data of a report of the Council of Europe show that a prosecutor and judge in Albania is paid 4.1 times more than the average salary of the country, writes Euronews Albania.

Among the 47 member countries of the Council, the difference is twice as high, while there are countries like Ireland where prosecutors and judges are paid less than the average salary.

Albania has spent more than 41 million euros only on justice reform until 2020.

Expenses have increased even after the approval of the new salary scheme for prosecutors and judges in 2019, which almost doubled their salaries.

However, when it comes to performance, justice in Albania is classified in several indicators below countries such as Moldova and Ukraine. The report of the Council of Europe shows that the average time that Albanian justice needs to resolve an administrative case ranges from 5 to 12 years.

In Moldova, for 2020 this time was 51 days, in North Macedonia 304 days and in Greece 1107 days.

For Albania, the vetting process has also influenced the delay of the processes due to the lack of prosecutors and judges. The report says that Albania has 8.3 judges per 100,000 inhabitants, while the average of the countries of the Council of Europe is over 43 judges./ Euronews Albania

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