Progress of the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy

On 8 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI) and Çohu, on behalf of the CSO Coalition of the “Anti-Corruption Week”, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, organised a Roundtable Discussion on the topic: “Progress of the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy” at Hotel Sirius. The aim of this discussion was to identify the institutional failures, achievements, and challenges towards adequately implementing the Anti-Corruption Strategy as well as to reflect on institutional readiness in combating corruption and promoting anti-corruption actions. At the beginning of the Discussion, GLPS presented a Policy Report entitled ‘Monitoring the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2017’. The report highlights the progress of the institutions falling under Political and Rule of Law sectors, and their efforts towards implementing the measures and actions set in the Strategy which aim to strengthen the institutional integrity, promote good governance values and combat corruption. Panelists in attendance had the chance to examine the current state of affairs and potential reforms that would increase the level of efforts and effectiveness of the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.  In addition, panelists agreed that corruption remains one of the most important challenges in preventing Kosovo to advance its socio-economic development. Furthermore, they highlighted that the fight against corruption requires a sustainable and constructive cooperation among institutions, civil society and public at large. As an end note, they concluded that fight against corruption must be addressed as a priority in order to move forward toward the path of EU Integration and other important mechanisms that Kosovo aspires to be part of. This Roundtable, organised as part of the “Anti-Corruption Week in Kosovo”, gathered representative from all relevant institutions, international community, civil society organisations and media.

Panelists:

  1. Ms. Dhurata Hoxha– Minister, Ministry of Justice in Kosovo;
  2. Ms. Albulena Haxhiu– Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Legislation;
  3. Mr. James Hope– Mission Director, USAID;
  4. Mr. Thomas Gnocchi– Head of Political, Economic and EU Integration Section, EU Office in Kosovo/EUSR;
  5. Mr. Reshat Millaku – Chief Prosecutor, Special Prosecution in Kosovo;
  6. Mr. Burim Sadiku– Investigation and Strategy Division, Anti-Corruption Agency;
  7. Ms. Delfinë Elshani– Presenter of the Report, Group for Legal and Political Studies

Part of the CSO coalition ‘Anti-Corruption Week’ #Bashkeendreqim! are: Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Çohu, Democracy Plus (D+), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Institute GAP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI).

 

Venue: Hotel Sirius (Str. “Agim Ramadani”, Prishtina)

Public Hearing with the Committee on Legislation on the progress of Kosovo institutions in the fight against corruption

On 7 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Çohu and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), on behalf of the CSO Coalition of the “Anti-Corruption Week”, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, organised a Public Hearing with the Committee on Legislation. This event was organised in close cooperation with the parliamentary Committee with the aim of discussing the progress of Kosovo institutions in the fight against corruption. In order to inform the Committee for the ongoing activities and results achieved by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), this meeting was attended by Mr. Shaip Havolli, Director of the ACA. Among other, the participants discussed about the concrete steps that the Agency is undertaking, challenges, inter-institutional cooperation and possible mechanisms for further improvement towards fight against corruption. This event was attended by all Members of the Committee on Legislation, representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, civil society organisations and media.

Part of the CSO Coalition ‘Anti-Corruption Week’ #Bashkeendreqim! are: Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Çohu, Democracy Plus (D+), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Institute GAP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI).

Venue: The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, Prishtina.

Roundtable on Integrity and Transparency of Political Parties Financing in Kosovo

On 7 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Kosovo Democratic Institutions (KDI), Çohu and Democracy Plus (D+), on behalf of the CSO Coalition of the “Anti-Corruption Week”, organised a Roundtable Discussion on the topic: “Integrity and Transparency of Political Parties Financing”, at Hotel Sirius. The aim of this event was to discuss the level of transparency of political party financing and to analyze the obstacles and challenges toward establishing a more transparent and accountable system.  At the beginning of the event, GLPS presented an animated video which portrays the importance of transparent and well-functioning political parties. It should be noted that the video represents the lack of party accountability,as well as lack of institutional and political will to push forward the auditing process of party funding in Kosovo. In addition, panelists highlighted that transparency of political party financing is a fundamental precondition toward a democratic functioning of the state and rule of law. “Corruption drains the economic resources away from the people and drives away business and investment. It weakens a nation’s ability to defend itself. It leaves it vulnerable to manipulation from outside. In short, it jeopardizes everything Kosovo hopes to achieve, hopes to become, hopes for its future” said Mr. Banks from the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina. The Discussion was attended by political representatives, institutions, civil society organisations and media.

To access the animated video, please click here.

 Part of the CSO Coalition ‘Anti-Corruption Week’ #Bashkeendreqim! are: Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Çohu, Democracy Plus (D+), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Institute GAP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI). 

Venue: Hotel Sirius (Str. “Agim Ramadani”, 10000, Prishtina)

The CSO Coalition ‘Anti-Corruption Week’ with a performance in front of the Palace of Justice: “Failures in the fight against corruption”

On 6 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Institute GAP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), on behalf of the CSO Coalition of the “Anti-Corruption Week”, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, organised a performance in front of the Palace of Justice, under the moto “Failures in the fight against corruption”. During this performance, the CSO Coalition exposed 10 banners with specific messages for the failures towards adequately fighting corruption, based on findings from a continuous monitoring process of the justice system. Organisers agreed that the judicial and prosecutorial systems continue to face numerous corruption cases which have not been treated with priority and have not been solved for many consecutive years. Consequently, fight against corruption in Kosovo is considered a failure and there is a need for an immediate action to further improve the process. Participants at this activity included numerous representatives from the civil society organisations, media and public at large.

Part of the CSO Coalition ‘Anti-Corruption Week’ #Bashkeendreqim! are: Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Çohu, Democracy Plus (D+), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Institute GAP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI).

Venue: Palace of Justice, Prishtina

Roundtable Discussion on the Rule of Law Reform Challenges in the context of the SAA and European Reform Agenda

Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) in cooperation with Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) hosted a Roundtable Discussion on the topic: “Rule of Law Reform Challenges in the context of the SAA and European Reform Agenda”, at Swiss Diamond Hotel. The aim of this event was to discuss the implementation of the rule of law reforms deriving from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the European Union. At the beginning of the Discussion, GLPS presented a Policy Report entitled “Rule of Law Conditionality in the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Kosovo and the EU”. This Report provides a thorough analysis of the rule of law requirements that Kosovo should implement in order to fulfill the obligations deriving from the SAA and emphasizes their potential implication. Among other, panelists agreed that the rule of law remains as one of the key priorities in the enlargement process and one of the key impediments for Kosovo according to the recent 2016 Country Report. In addition, panelists also focused on the key reforms that should be undertaken on this regard, such as strengthening of the rule of law institutions, prevention and combating of organised crime and corruption, money laundering, etc. Despite the progress shown so far, Kosovo still remains at an early stage of fighting of this detrimental phenomenon. In order to fulfill these obligations, there is a need to further improve the inter-institutional cooperation and further commitment from all the stakeholders involved in the process. To access the Policy Report, please click here.

Panelists:

  1. H.E. Ms. Gerrie Willems – Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo;
  2. Ms. Selvije Halimi – Deputy Chief State Prosecutor;
  3. Ms. Njomza Emini – Chairperson of the Committee for European Integration;
  4. Mr. Shaip Havolli – Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency;
  5. Mr. Artan Canhasi – Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI).

Venue: Hotel Swiss Diamond (Mother Theresa Square, Prishtina).

Roundtable on Post-Paris, Post-Brexit – Perspectives for the Western Balkans

Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) and GAP Institute hosted a Roundtable Discussion on the topic: “Post-Paris, Post-Brexit – Perspectives for the Western Balkans.” This event took place as a follow-up after the Reflection Forum “The Western Balkans in the European Union: New perspectives on integration?” organized in Paris, May 2016 and the “Civil Society Forum Paris of the Western Balkans Summit Series” which also took place in Paris, July 2016. The Roundtable provided a forum to exchange information, reflect on the achievements of the Berlin process so far and generate fresh contributions for the way forward. Panelists discussed in detailed about the Berlin Process,, its results and impact on the Western Balkans countries so far. They agreed that unlike neighboring countries, Kosovo did not manage to utilize this process in the most efficient way due to a lack of a clear vision strategy. This roundtable was supported by Centre International de Formation Europeenne (Cife), and it is the third one organized after the Tirana and Belgrade roundtables. On this note, three more similar events will take place until the end of the year in the remaining capitals of the Western Balkan countries.

Panelists:

Ms. Valerie Hopkins – Journalist, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo;

Mr. Florent Marciacq – Research Associate, Centre Franco-Autrichien pour le rapprochement en Europe (CFA/ÖFZ), Vienna & University of Luxembourg;

Mr. Jeton Mehmeti- Research Director, GAP Institute;

Mr. Fisnik Korenica – Group for Legal and Political Studies.

 

Venue: Hotel Sirius, Prishtina