Roundtable Discussion: ‘The reform of the public administration and challenges for its depoliticization’

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On December 21, Group for Legal and Political Studies hosted a roundtable discussion about the reform of public administration in Kosovo, and more specifically surrounding the issue of politicization and professionalism of civil servants. The focus of this round-table discussion was devoted to the impact that a professional public administration has vis-à-vis both the state-building efforts and the EU integration process, in addition to highlighting the experiences of other post-communist and transition countries. Continue reading “Roundtable Discussion: ‘The reform of the public administration and challenges for its depoliticization’”

Roundtable Discussion: ‘Moving towards a Semi-Presidential Republic: The constitutional change in Kosovo’

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On December 09, Group for Legal and Political Studies and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung hosted a roundtable discussion about the constitutional amendment process, its impact, and the extent to which this process will shape the political system of the country. In particular, this roundtable discussion addressed the main issues surrounding the constitutional amendment process, such as the future role of a directly elected president, challenges that different countries faced in establishing fair and free presidential elections, and what Kosovo should learn from others’ experience. Continue reading “Roundtable Discussion: ‘Moving towards a Semi-Presidential Republic: The constitutional change in Kosovo’”

Roundtable Discussion: ‘Public Procurement Practices at the Local Level: Challenges in addressing the public expenditures’ mismanagement’

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On November 15, Group for Legal and Political Studies hosted a roundtable discussion about the public procurement practices at the municipal level.  The participants in this roundtable discussion focused on the successful measures for enhancing integrity in the public procurement process at the municipal level, policies that can help improve municipal procurement systems, and, in particular, the comparative evidence from good public procurement practices in developing/transition countries. Special attention was devoted to the impact that public procurement activities have in the definition of the index of corruption for Kosovo. Continue reading “Roundtable Discussion: ‘Public Procurement Practices at the Local Level: Challenges in addressing the public expenditures’ mismanagement’”

Panel Discussion: ‘A Comprehensive Agenda for the Northern Kosovo: What does the European Commission’s…’

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On October 21, Group for Legal and Political Studies hosted a panel discussion about the European Commission’s proposal for a ‘comprehensive agenda for the northern Kosovo’. In particular, the panelists discussed the context of and solutions that could derive from the proposal, the position of the Kosovo government and EU member states on this issue, and the impact that this proposal has vis-à-vis the ongoing dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. Continue reading “Panel Discussion: ‘A Comprehensive Agenda for the Northern Kosovo: What does the European Commission’s…’”

Panel Discussion: ‘Challenges from an Ahtisaari Plus Paradigm Solution: What do the Leaders of Ethnic…’

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On October 8, Group for Legal and Political Studies hosted a panel discussion about the growing concerns/claims for a new/different regime for the northern Kosovo. This discussion was timely as local Serbs in the northern Kosovo were gathering at barricades and establishing roadblocks to oppose the Kosovo Government’s takeover of border checkpoints. The participants in this panel discussion highlighted the current challenges and prospects of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia and discussed the claims for an Ahtisaari Plus solution for the northern municipalities of Kosovo. Continue reading “Panel Discussion: ‘Challenges from an Ahtisaari Plus Paradigm Solution: What do the Leaders of Ethnic…’”

Roundtable Discussion: ‘Challenges and Prospects for the Customs Stamps’ Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia: What about tomorrow?’

customs stampsEvent Summary:
On September 15, Group for Legal and Political Studies hosted a panel discussion about the current challenges and prospects of the Customs Stamps Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia and the future implications that might govern its implementation, which began on September 16.  Panelists focused on the policy modalities and tools for the implementation of the Customs’ Agreement, its impact on the current trade relations between Kosovo and Serbia, and its overall impact on Kosovo’s economy. Continue reading “Roundtable Discussion: ‘Challenges and Prospects for the Customs Stamps’ Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia: What about tomorrow?’”