Launching of the Anti-Corruption Week in Kosovo

On 5 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), together with five other civil society organizations (hereinafter: Coalition of CSO for the Anti-Corruption Week) have officially launched the activities of the “Anti –Corruption Week in Kosovo”, supported by the Embassy of the United States in Kosovo. Under the slogan #bashkeendreqim and #unitedagainstcorruption, this five-day dynamic campaign is consisted of various activities like roundtables, public hearings with the parliamentary Committees, and other symbolic activities such as protests before the Palace of Justice and a concert in the Mother Teresa square. Through this activity the Coalition of CSO’s aims to tackle various problematic issues related to the Anti-Corruption agenda. Topics to be covered include the Public Spending, Laws and Policies in the Fight against Corruption, Integrity and Transparency of Political Parties Financing, Level of Progress in the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy, etc. The Anti-Corruption Week tends to create a momentum for an enhanced public debate on the corruption topic and to gather policy recommendations which would strengthen the efforts towards combating corruption in Kosovo.

The Coalition consists of these organizations: Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), Institute for Advance Studies (GAP), Çohu and Democracy Plus (D+).

To access the catalogue of activities, please click here.

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

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GLPS joins European Global Strategy Process as an Associated Institute

In early November 2012, GLPS joined the European Global Strategy (EGS) process as an Associated Institute. EGS is a European-wide initiative of credible think-tanks and institutes designed to encourage and to provide a forum for debate on the future direction of the EU’s external relations. The EGS project is led by four European think-tanks from Sweden, Spain, Poland and Italy, respectively. GLPS is proud to join EGS as an Associated Institute alongside seven other prominent European think-tanks and institutes from Belgium, Iceland, Norway, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Austria, and the Netherlands. You can look forward to a number of policy papers, articles, editorials, and conferences deriving from this process. Stay up to date with the EGS process and find more information here.

The Kosovo Assembly’s Parliamentary Committee for European Integration Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Group for Legal and Political Studies

On 9 October 2012, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kosovo’s parliamentary Committee for European Integration. This memorandum lays the foundation for continued collaboration between GLPS and the Committee for European Integration on issues pertaining to visa liberalization and Kosovo’s path towards signing a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union. GLPS will monitor the work of the Committee and offer professional recommendations on the visa liberalization roadmap and SAA criteria in order to support Kosovo in reaching the benchmarks set by the European Union and to accelerate Kosovo’s progress towards visa liberalization and European integration. In turn, the Committee for European Integration will support the partnership by supplying GLPS with materials and information to enable the Group in our supportive capacity, by collaborating directly with the Group, and by hearing and discussing GLPS’s recommendations and policy suggestions. GLPS looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the Kosovo’s parliamentary Committee for European Integration.

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

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