From Technical Arrangements to Political Haggling: The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and the North of Kosovo

From Technical Arrangements to Political Haggling: The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue and the North of Kosovo

For the first time since Kosovo declared independence in February 2008, Kosovo and Serbia began a direct dialogue in March 2011, under the facilitation and mediation of the European Union. The EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia has sought technical solutions and agreements that promote […]

February 10, 2012 GLPS
For a professional public administration: An orientation toward strengthening the professional education of civil servants in Kosovo

For a professional public administration: An orientation toward strengthening the professional education of civil servants in Kosovo

The performance, professionalism and efficiency of public administrations in developing countries remain as the key foundations for both economic and political development. In addition, these criteria become predominantly significant in polities facing tough transitional and democratic challenges, as the public administration becomes subject to political […]

December 20, 2011 GLPS
Public procurement practices at the municipal level: A statement of preliminary findings

Public procurement practices at the municipal level: A statement of preliminary findings

Public procurement practice in Kosovo is often referred as one of the main sources of corruption. Another argument, hence, speaks for the fact that this practice is mainly a result of both central and local level institutions’ behaviour. In this policy note, though, the aim […]

November 19, 2011 GLPS
An Ahtisaari ‘Plus’ Paradigm for the northern Kosovo: a Unified or a Divisive Approach for Ethnic Communities in Kosovo?

An Ahtisaari ‘Plus’ Paradigm for the northern Kosovo: a Unified or a Divisive Approach for Ethnic Communities in Kosovo?

The events that followed the Kosovo‟s government- owned police action intended to reassert control over the border crossings in the northern Kosovo dominated by ethnic Serbs generated a complex situation, both domestically and internationally. A very common tendency – as anticipated by several rational observers […]

October 12, 2011 GLPS
A Comprehensive Agenda for the North: The New European Approach

A Comprehensive Agenda for the North: The New European Approach

Being conscious of the latest complex and challenging situation in the northern Kosovo, the European Commission has officially requested in its Enlargement Strategy 2011-2012 that Kosovo adopt ‘a comprehensive agenda for the north’. As it stands, in its part, the European Commission gave no further explanation […]

October 11, 2011 GLPS
For a Semi-Presidential Regime: Where is the New-Born Republic Heading?

For a Semi-Presidential Regime: Where is the New-Born Republic Heading?

As a state established under certain international supervisory conditions, Kosovo drafted its first state constitution in a process both straightforward and opaque. The parliamentarian political parties managed and owned the constitutional drafting process,starting immediately after the revelation of the Ahtisaari Settlement Proposal. This control kept this process essentially […]

October 1, 2011 GLPS and FES