Filling the Black Hole: Bringing Kosovo into International Police Cooperation Organizations.

The report discusses Kosovo’s limited involvement in, and exclusion from regional and international IPCOs. It is crucial for International Police Cooperation Organisations member states that Kosovo be included in such organizations in order for these IPCOs to be fully effective. Most importantly, the report sets forth policy recommendations that Kosovo stakeholders can implement that would strengthen Kosovo’s current IPCO participation, and would lead to Kosovo’s inclusion in IPCOs in which Kosovo is not a member.To access the Policy Report, please click here.

Opinion Against the Ministry of Justice’s Proposed Amendment to the Criminal Code Regarding Declaration of Assets

Kosovo’s Criminal Code provides for criminal punishment of public and government officials who fail to provide complete and accurate information when submitting a declaration of their financial assets as required by law. The Minister of Justice has proposed an amendment to this portion of the Criminal Code, specifically Article 437, which would require prosecutor’s to prove that the official had the intent to conceal disclosure and origin of assets as an element of the offence. This amendment would not only render this portion of the Criminal Code nearly useless, but would also signal to the international community that the Kosovo government is  not serious in fighting political corruption, of which declaration of assets is a key tool. The European Commission has made it clear that Kosovo must to more to fight corruption at the top levels of the government in order to proceed on the path to European Union integration. Group for Legal and Political Studies urges the Parliament and Government of Kosovo to block the adoption of the Ministry of Justice’s proposed amendment immediately. Read the Opinion by clicking here.

Remittances and Migration: Their impact on citizens’ welfare and economic development of Kosovo

The Policy Report analyzes the impact that remittances and migration have on the poverty in Kosovo, in a hypothetical case, without remittances and migration. Along the other things, this report offers a set of policy recommendations that would ensure a long-term sustainability of this effect and channeling of the remittances in the benefit of the economic development.

This study estimated the impact of remittances and migration on poverty rates in the hypothetical case with no migration and remittances in Kosovo using data from the Household Budget Survey 2011. The study developed counterfactual consumption estimates for remittance recipient households through the use of econometric estimations to predict the consumption of households in the case of no remittances. A counterfactual scenario is constructed for the observed recipient households by using the estimated coefficients of the determinants of per adult equivalent annual consumption of the households that do not receive remittances from abroad. This estimation enabled us to compare the poverty rates, observed and predicted, in Kosovo and also across the regions. Due to the potential presence of selection bias, the paper uses a two-stage Heckman-type selection procedure which suggests that there is no selection bias. This means that the subsample of non-migrant households in Kosovo is randomly selected from the population.To access the Policy Report, please click here.

‘Who are the Kosovars most willing to migrate to EU countries?’ – A Study on migration of Kosovars

The analysis includes a quantitative assessment based on the data provided by the Kosovo European Perspective Questionnaire (2014) and the characteristics that affect the growth of citizens’ willingness to migrate. Furthermore, the Policy Analysis provides a list of concrete recommendations for the Kosovo Government to mitigate this trend of citizen migration towards EU countries. GLPS has monitored the migration process especially in terms of its impact to the Visa Liberalization Process, which is an important factor not only technically but also in terms of perception that Kosovo creates towards EU Member States. As for the results of the survey conducted in 2014, the percentage of persons that have shown readiness to migrate in one of the EU countries has increased for 26% compared to the year 2012, respectively from 34% to 43%. Migration is considered to be a costly process, especially the illegal migration. Therefore, with the recent migration, Kosovo is exporting wealth and as a result this is an impoverishing process for the country. Among other recommendations provided in the Policy Analysis, Group for Legal and Political Studies recommends to the Government to design an awareness campaign based on an ongoing and substantial strategy which informs the citizens in details about the EU policies for migration and the consequences of illegal migration among other. This policy analysis is a result of a long-term research and work that Group for Legal and Political Studies has done, by analyzing and monitoring the key factors that increased the citizens’ readiness to migrate to EU countries. To access the Policy Analysis, please click here.

Press Conference on Release of the Policy Report 03/2012 ‘Dissimilar Patterns of (Mis)Using the Public Money: Trends and Practices of Public Procurement…

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On May 19, Group for Legal and Political Studies held a Press Conference to present to the media a Policy Report 03/2012 entitled: ‘Dissimilar Patterns of (Mis)Using the Public Money: Trends and Practices of Public Procurement Management in Kosovar Municipalities’.  This policy report identifies the main problems related to the application of public procurement rules at municipal level Continue reading “Press Conference on Release of the Policy Report 03/2012 ‘Dissimilar Patterns of (Mis)Using the Public Money: Trends and Practices of Public Procurement…”

Press Conference on Release of the Policy Note 02/2012 ‘Are Belgrade’s local elections an end in itself:…’

Press Conference on Release of the Policy Note 02 photoEvent Summary:
On March 30, Group for Legal and Political Studies held a Press Conference to present to media the latest Policy Note entitled: ‘Are Belgrade’s local elections an end in itself: A view towards the dynamic plan in extending/diminishing hopes for an Ahtisaari-based authority in the northern Kosovo’. Continue reading “Press Conference on Release of the Policy Note 02/2012 ‘Are Belgrade’s local elections an end in itself:…’”