Eurojust and Albania signed a Cooperation Agreement in October 2018, with the first Liaison Prosecutor Fatjona Memcaj taking up her duties in January 2021.
Fatjona Memcaj has been Liaison Prosecutor for Albania since January 2021. Prior to starting at Eurojust, from 2013 until the end of 2020, Ms Memcaj was Appeal Court Prosecutor at the dedicated prosecution office of the Tirana Appeal Court. In this capacity, she was responsible for cases requiring Mutual Legal Assistance, in particular extradition requests. She combined this function with the role of lecturer at various Albanian universities and the national School of Magistrates.
Ms Memcaj graduated from the above School of Magistrates in 2002 and became a prosecutor at the Tirana District Prosecution Office. In 2006, she joined their Special Investigation Unit as one of the first prosecutors, dealing with financial offences and corruption. In 2008, she became head of the Legal Unit at the office of the Albanian President, before joining the Appeal Court in 2013. Ms Memcaj has a PhD in law from Middlesex University London.
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Cross-border judicial cooperation between Albania and Eurojust has risen greatly in the last five years, by over 40 percent. Between 2016 and 2020, a total of 84 cases with Albanian involvement were registered at Eurojust. Albania has already participated in seven joint investigation teams (JITs) that were supported by Eurojust.