The Establishment of a Serbian-Language Public Broadcasting Channel in Kosovo: A new approach to increasing the participation of ethnic communities in public life

The Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement, more commonly known as the Ahtisaari Plan, included many directives intended to steer Kosovo’s government in the creation and development of a new democratic and autonomous state that could be representative and supportive of a thriving multi-ethnic polity. Key directives intending to reinforce the rights of communities and support the development of a multi-ethnic public sphere ordered for the development of a multi-ethnic media scape. More specifically, Article 3.1, k called for Kosovo to “take all measures necessary to secure an international frequency plan to allow the Kosovo Serb community access to a licensed Kosovo-wide independent Serbian-language television channel. While this directive is the most commonly referenced in pointing to the obligation of the Kosovo government to create an independent public TV station that broadcasts in Serbian, also embedded in the Ahtisaari Plan are additional directives that speak to the aims of such a media scape, such as the creation a mechanism for the development of a thriving public sphere, which should orient the quality-development of RTK-2 and serve as a benchmark when evaluating its effectiveness as a supportive mechanism for intra and inter-ethnic information sharing and dialogue.You can download this Policy Analysis by clicking here.

On the defence of professionalism of bureaucrats: A discussion upon the protection mechanisms of civil service in Kosovo

In general, a professional civil service system and independent functioning of bureaucracy is reliant upon mechanisms (both internal and external) as well as institutions that are able to set up and assure the application of best personnel management practices. That being said, it is important for countries aiming to remodel their public administrations to adopt policies that attempt enhancing the independence of institutions authorized to decide questions of personnel within civil service. Thus, this Policy Analysis has a two-fold aim. First, it briefly presents an overview of the bodies within Kosovo civil service that are authorized to protect the civil service system independence and professionalism, namely, internal mechanisms and the Independent Oversight Board. And second, this Policy Analysis goes on to explain the problems and challenges that these bodies face while performing their entrusted functions. In the end, we deliver a number of policy solutions aiming to enhance as well as develop the protection mechanisms for civil servants.You can download this Policy Analysis by clicking here.

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 and/or partisan control, wherein hindering the institutional power to deliver transparent and market-oriented policies. Of note is the fact that public administrations in post- communist polities have faced huge obstacles which have in turn hampered the institutional progress towards democratic accountability and effectiveness. For states aiming to integrate into certain international organizations, such as Kosovo, the capacity of public administration for substantive policy potency plays the key role in determining the outcome of reforms and the progress towards certain policy/state objectives. Kosovo‟s public administration is one that possesses hybrid attributes. On one hand, legacies from the former communist regime and the international administration of Kosovo hinder the progressive development of Kosovo‟s public administration. On the other hand, insufficient and often politicized structures built by the post-1999 institutions also characterize the administration‟s structure and impede its capacity to perform effectively.You can download this Policy Analysis by clicking here.

Customs Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia: Challenges and Prospects

Dialogu në mes Kosovës dhe Serbisë e pason Opinionin Këshillëdhënës të Gjykatës Ndërkombëtare të Drejtësisë (GjND), dhe buron konkretisht nga Rezoluta 64/298 e Asamblesë së Përgjithshme të Kombeve të Bashkuara. Rezoluta në fjalë e mirëpret Opinionin e GjND-së për Ligjshmërinë e Pavarësisë së Kosovës, dhe kërkon nga Bashkimi Evropian që të lehtësoj një dialog në mes Kosovës dhe Serbisë.Si rezultat i kësaj, nën kërkesën e BE-së, Kosova dhe Serbia emëruan negociatorët e tyre për të vazhduar më tutje me dialogun në mes tyre. Takimi i parë në mes negociatorëve të Kosovës dhe Serbisë –përkatësisht znj. Edita Tahiri, zv. Kryeministre e Republikës së Kosovës dhe z. Borislav Stefanovic, shefi i Ekipit Negociator në dialogun me Kosovës –u mbajt më 8-9 Mars 2011, ku të dyja palët shprehen përkushtimin e tyre për të vazhduar dialogun nën tutelën e Bashkimit Evropian.Çështjet e para që u bënë objekt i dialogut në mes Kosovës dhe Serbisë ishin çështja e librave të regjistrave civil, çështja e të dhënave të regjistrave kadastral, si dhe çështjet që u lidhen me tregtinë regjionale në kuptimin e lirisë së lëvizjes së mallrave.You can download this Policy Analysis by clicking here.