Roundtable Discussion on the progress of the implementation of the Laws on Kosovo Judicial Council and Kosovo Prosecutorial Council

On December 27, 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) and the Committee on Legislation, Mandates, Immunities and Oversight of the Anti-Corruption Agency have organized a Roundtable Discussion on the topic: “The progress of the implementation of the Law on Kosovo Judicial Council and the Law on Kosovo Prosecutorial Council”, in Prishtina. This Roundtable was attended by members of the Committee on Legislation, Presidents of the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) and Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC), Anti-Corruption Agency representatives and Civil Society Organizations in Kosovo. Participants had the chance to discuss the recently drafted report by the Committee on Legislation with regards to the implementation of the Law no. 03/ L-233 on Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) amended by the Law no. 05/L-233, and the Law no. 03/L-224 on Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC) amended by the Law no. 05/L-035. In addition, representatives from KJC and KPC have greeted the above-mentioned initiative of the Committee on Legislation, considering it very important to further enhance their collaboration with the Assembly. Bearing in mind the importance of the above-mentioned laws, as part of a crucial legislation package for the Kosovo’s justice system, on 20th September 2016, the Committee on Legislation established a Working Group to monitor the implementation of these two crucial laws. As part of this Working Group, GLPS has prepared a short report which thoroughly analyses the compliance of the secondary legislation on KJC and KPC with the current legislation on the justice system in Kosovo. Moreover, inputs, opinions, and recommendations gathered during the event will be incorporated in the final report drafted by the Committee on Legislation which in turn will be presented during a Plenary Session in the Assembly of Kosovo.

*This Project is financed from the Project/program promotion of the Democratic Society (DSP) financed by the Swiss Office for Cooperation in Kosovo (SCO-K) managed by the Kosovo Foundation for the Civil Society (KCSF). *

Venue: Orion Conference Centre, Prishtina, Kosovo.

Race for Employment in the Public Sector? What lies behind it?

On 14 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies organized a Roundtable Discussion on the topic: “Race for Employment in the Public Sector? What lies behind it?”, at Hotel Swiss Diamond. The aim of this event was to discuss wage determination in public and private sector in Kosovo and Albania. At the beginning of the discussion, GLPS presented a Policy Report entitled: “The Race for Public Sector Employment in Kosovo and Albania: What lies behind it?” This Report is an empirical study which analyzes the wage gap in public and private sector in Kosovo and Albania. Moreover, it assesses whether the higher wages in public sector are attributable to the differences in the individual’s characteristics or differences in the remuneration endowments or wage discrimination.  Panelists agreed that the public sector in Kosovo and Albania accounts for a considerable share of total employment and as such could largely influence the labour market, more precisely the wage setting and other employment practices. Furthermore, they discussed the fact that if the government offers a higher remuneration to its employees compared to the private sector, the former may absorb the highly skilled workers. Among others, the panel discussed about the factors that could attract highly skilled individuals towards public sector, the effect it could have in quality of services offered by both sectors and potential implications that this could have both on domestic and foreign investments. To access the Policy Report, please click here.

Panelists:

  1. Mr. Haxhi Arifi – Head of the Union of Independent Trade Unions in Kosovo;
  2. Ms. Esmeralda Shehaj – Associated Professor at the University of Tirana;
  3. Ms. Nora Latifi Jashari – Executive Director at Institute GAP;
  4. Mr. Burim Ejupi – Executive Director at INDEP;
  5. Ms. Arbëresha Loxha – Research Fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies.

 

Venue: Hotel Swiss Diamond, Prishtina.

Policy Report on the Race for Public Sector Employment in Kosovo and Albania: What lies behind it?

This Policy Report investigates public-private wage differentials in Kosovo and Albania using data from Kosovo Household Budget Survey 2011 and Albanian Living Standard Measurement Survey 2012. The Oaxaca-Blinder Decomposition technique is employed to determine whether the wage gap is attributable to differences in employees’ characteristics or to differences in remuneration endowments. The empirical methodology follows a three-stage approach in order to address the double sample selection problem arising from non-random selection of labour market participants and employment into public/private sector. Separate wage regressions are estimated for men and women in each country, including selection-correction terms. In order to complement findings along the entire distribution of wages, decomposition technique of quantile and distribution regression-based estimators is utilized. In general, the results suggest that higher wages in the public sector are explained by better characteristics of public employees in both countries, while there is evidence of significant differences in returns only for the lower wage quantiles. To access the Policy Report, please click here.

Progress of the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy

On 8 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI) and Çohu, on behalf of the CSO Coalition of the “Anti-Corruption Week”, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, organised a Roundtable Discussion on the topic: “Progress of the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy” at Hotel Sirius. The aim of this discussion was to identify the institutional failures, achievements, and challenges towards adequately implementing the Anti-Corruption Strategy as well as to reflect on institutional readiness in combating corruption and promoting anti-corruption actions. At the beginning of the Discussion, GLPS presented a Policy Report entitled ‘Monitoring the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2017’. The report highlights the progress of the institutions falling under Political and Rule of Law sectors, and their efforts towards implementing the measures and actions set in the Strategy which aim to strengthen the institutional integrity, promote good governance values and combat corruption. Panelists in attendance had the chance to examine the current state of affairs and potential reforms that would increase the level of efforts and effectiveness of the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.  In addition, panelists agreed that corruption remains one of the most important challenges in preventing Kosovo to advance its socio-economic development. Furthermore, they highlighted that the fight against corruption requires a sustainable and constructive cooperation among institutions, civil society and public at large. As an end note, they concluded that fight against corruption must be addressed as a priority in order to move forward toward the path of EU Integration and other important mechanisms that Kosovo aspires to be part of. This Roundtable, organised as part of the “Anti-Corruption Week in Kosovo”, gathered representative from all relevant institutions, international community, civil society organisations and media.

Panelists:

  1. Ms. Dhurata Hoxha– Minister, Ministry of Justice in Kosovo;
  2. Ms. Albulena Haxhiu– Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Legislation;
  3. Mr. James Hope– Mission Director, USAID;
  4. Mr. Thomas Gnocchi– Head of Political, Economic and EU Integration Section, EU Office in Kosovo/EUSR;
  5. Mr. Reshat Millaku – Chief Prosecutor, Special Prosecution in Kosovo;
  6. Mr. Burim Sadiku– Investigation and Strategy Division, Anti-Corruption Agency;
  7. Ms. Delfinë Elshani– Presenter of the Report, Group for Legal and Political Studies

Part of the CSO coalition ‘Anti-Corruption Week’ #Bashkeendreqim! are: Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Çohu, Democracy Plus (D+), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Institute GAP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI).

 

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

Public Hearing with the Committee on Legislation on the progress of Kosovo institutions in the fight against corruption

On 7 December 2016, Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Çohu and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), on behalf of the CSO Coalition of the “Anti-Corruption Week”, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, organised a Public Hearing with the Committee on Legislation. This event was organised in close cooperation with the parliamentary Committee with the aim of discussing the progress of Kosovo institutions in the fight against corruption. In order to inform the Committee for the ongoing activities and results achieved by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), this meeting was attended by Mr. Shaip Havolli, Director of the ACA. Among other, the participants discussed about the concrete steps that the Agency is undertaking, challenges, inter-institutional cooperation and possible mechanisms for further improvement towards fight against corruption. This event was attended by all Members of the Committee on Legislation, representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, civil society organisations and media.

Part of the CSO Coalition ‘Anti-Corruption Week’ #Bashkeendreqim! are: Kosovo Law Institute (KLI), Çohu, Democracy Plus (D+), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), Institute GAP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI).

Venue: The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, Prishtina.