Macedonia courts get EU IT boost

The EU is to pay for a new software system, computers and other IT equipment to improve the judiciary in the former Yugoslavian republic of Macedonia.

The EU aid – worth €1.9m (£1.3m) – follows a report detailing serious inadequacies in Macedonia’s legal system, including the fact that judges had to deal with around 800 cases annually compared with a maximum of 300 in the EU.

Brussels will finance 320 computers and other IT items, to be used in the Supreme Court, the prosecutor’s office, the prison administration and in all basic courts.

The package includes a one-year contract for equipment maintenance and support as well as training for members of the judiciary and legal staff. The new software is expected to improve the processing of basic tasks and communications between the different courts and the prosecutor’s office.