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Discussion on „Building a common future with the knowledge of the past - perspectives for the Serbian and Kosovar youth“
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Prishtina in cooperation with the Alumni of the FES Political Academy had the pleasure to invite a group of FES Alumni from Serbia to a Discussion-round on „Building a common future with the knowledge of the past - prospects for the Serbian and Kosovar youth“. The general aim of this event was to start and establish a continuous communication between young and progressive people from Kosovo and Serbia, who were trained by FES and share the values that foundation represents and promotes. The specific aim of this visit of FES alumni from Serbia in Kosovo was to inform a group consisting of civic activist, journalists and interested youngsters from Serbia about the socio-political system in Kosovo and discuss about actual common challenges young people face in Kosovo as well as in Serbia. The Discussions took place from 17.-19. of June 2016 in Prishtina.In the next months an alumni group from Kosovo will visit Belgrade and in order to continue with a regular dialogue between young progressive people from both countries.
Political Academy - Module on Etiquette, Protocol & Public speaking
The last module of this years Political Academy of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung took place from 11-13 of December 2015 in Prishtina. In this training module the participants had the opportunity to get to know the principles of diplomatic protocol and learned how to prepare and hold speeches in the public. During these three days of a combined training the trainer Arbnore Gojani Mazreku introduced the participants to several topics, starting from making good first impressions, verbal and nonverbal communication, preparing conferences, receiving delegations and speaking in the public. After the module 23 successful participants who had attended all the five modules offered by FES were certified for the successful completion of the Political Academy. The program of the FES Political Academy continues next year.
Political Academy - Module on EU Integration and Foreign and Security Policy
Once again, the fourth time this year, the participants of the Political Academy have come together. From the 17th to the 18th of October the young men and women spent their weekend discussing important political issues in terms of „EU Integration and EU Foreign and Security Policy“. Prof. Dr. Eckart D. Stratenschulte, director of the European Academy in Berlin, did the opening on Saturday: First various states interests (EU member states as well as Non-EU states) have been discussed in groups and then a final conference on the refugee crisis has been simulated. Afterwards,the group analysed the “State of the Union Address” held by Jean Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, pointing out the striking points and discussing the question “Where is Europe heading to?”. The second day lecturer BrigGen Mmag. Dr. Wolfgang Peischel, PhD, dedicated his program to security issues referring to NATO and its principles. He also talked about small states and their relations towards NATO and questions whether a NATO-membership is the driving factor in cases of security. Following discussions dealt with the development of the NATO-strategy, the “New Challenge: Russian challenge” and the current status of MAP-candidates and examples for cooperation areas. Finally, the participants elaborated state concepts, including different instruments to integrate into NATO-structures. With the concepts presentation the Seminar came to an end.
Together in Europe – Workshop from October 9th - 11th 2015 in Prishtina
Together in Europe is a regional program of FES Tirana with participants from Serbia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey. During the period from October 9th through October 11th 2015, 21 participants of Together in Europe met in Prishtina, Kosovo, for a follow-up workshop titled Campaigning in Social Media.
During the work shop the participants discussed outcomes from the seminar held in April 2015 and gained additional theoretical and practical knowledge concerning social media campaigning via several lecture series. The participants also had the opportunity to split into small groups to discuss utilising social media to increase awareness on such topics as youth unemployment and fighting stereotypes. In showcase studies from Kosovo the lecturers talked about using social media in civic engagement and as a tool for social changes. Cristina Mari from Kosovo 2.0, Admirim Luboteni, from Social Live (Downsyndrom campaign), Bardha Ahmet from NGO Lens and Edona Kurtolli, a communication specialist at the Swisscontact foundation office in Kosovo, gave insights into theory and practice of social media campaigning. Frasher Krasniqi from LVV gave an introduction of how to use social media for political party work. Next to the theoretical approaches the workshop gave also room for discussing how to design a social media campaign with practical advices from Edona Kurtolli.
On Sunday, Teuta Kallco from FES Tirana held a moderated forum, in which each group had the opportunity to present and discuss their findings with the other participants. In addition, the attendees of the workshop had the chance to talk to Ramadan Ilazi, the Deputy Minister of European Integration on Saturday evening.
The goal of this workshop was to provide the participants of Together in Europe with an opportunity to gain new practical and theoretical knowledge in campaigning in social media while exchanging ideas and collaborating with fellow young people of the region.
Study Visit in Berlin with Alumni of the Political Academy
From 21.-26.09.2015 the FES office in Prishtina organized a Study Visit to Berlin for an Alumni group of the Political Academy. During the programm of this study visit on the topic "Citizen-based policies and civic participation in Germany" the group had the chance to meet and discuss with Members of the German Parliament as well as with representatives of different NGOs in Germany. The discussion topics ranged from the implementation of citizen based policies to the importance of civic engagement for establishing and maintaining democracies and democratic institutions.
Articles by Kosovo 2.0
Aspekte nderkombetare, gjoegrafike, politike dhe historike
Youth in South East Europe - Lost in Transition
From 2011 – 2014 the FES conducted Youth studies in eight countries in Southeast Europe . The results are disturbing: A large proportion of young people is unhappy with the state of democracy, is not very tolerant and shows little willingness to get involved socio-political processes. Read the study
International Young Foum about conflict solution, integration and Social Democracy
The "International Young Forum about conflict solution, integration and Social Democracy" was a Training Course & Forum about Peace building, conflict resolution and intercultural/religious tolerance organized and held in Prishtina from 25 – 30 of August organized by the Forum for Progressive Initiatives on partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to obtain common democratic values, towards a mutual peaceful and perspective society. Read more
The process of establishing the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities (A/SAC) is perhaps the greatest challenge of the negotiation process in Brussels. In order to bring this issue to light, Kosovo Local Government Institute (KLGI) offers a detailed study involving the political, legal and comparative aspects of it.
Following the massive outflow of people from Kosovo in the European states during January and February 2015, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) undertook a project to investigate the profile of latest wave of migrants, reasons for migration and ways how migration is anticipated, planned and implemented. FES engaged the NGO “ Make a Interviews and observations were conducted in three locations including Kosovo, Serbia and Germany. FES also engaged IDRA and an independent consultant to analyze data and write the report for this study. The aim of this study is to get in depth understanding of migration trends with cases that could be considered typical and information rich both as unit of analysis and the context in which they are found.
On 24.06.15 FES Prishtina, in cooperation with QPZH and Kolegji Evropian "Juridica", has organized a discussion panel dealing with the determination of Kosova's demarcation line regarding Montenegro. Experts (geographers), representatives of the community (deputies) and representatives of the civil society were present participants of the discussion. Participants from all three areas, and especially the representatives of the civil society, have expressed concerns about the current situation, because the sovereignity-question about Kosovo's borderlines was, in the eyes of many citizens, expected to have finished in 2008 when Kosovo became independent. It is now up to the Kosovar parliament to decide how this issue will be proceeded further.
Series of youth debates in Mitrovica
Roundtable: Challenges for improving the environment in Obiliq
On Monday 1 June 2015, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in cooperation with the Department for Environmental Protection in the municipality of Obiliq organized a roundtable discussion on the topic “What are the challenges for improving the environment in the municipality of Obiliq?”. The municipality of Obiliq is one of the most polluted areas in Kosovo. This pollution is caused by the coal-fired power plant Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEK), waste mismanagement, and a lack of citizens’ awareness of environmental issues. About 30 people followed our invitation – amongst them the Mayor of the Municipality of Obiliq, representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, the Kosovo Energy Corporation, the National Public Health Institute, experts on environmental issues, as well as local NGOs – and shared their views on the environmental challenges, and opportunities for improvement in the municipality of Obiliq.
Although it was acknowledged by all discussants that KEK has made efforts to mitigate the power plant’s impact on its environment by planting trees and installing electro filters in the plant’s chimneys, there was wide agreement that this is hardly enough. Both Mayor Xhafer Gashi and Mr. Qehaja from the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning emphasized the importance of a special law for the municipality of Obiliq which would regulate pollution, improve the environment and with that the life quality of citizens. It was further demanded to establish municipal data collection institutes that independently monitor the pollution of land, water and air. Participants concluded that in a next step, alternative energy options for the municipality shall be evaluated and appealed to KEK as the vocal point of the issue to commit more to environmental protection and thus to the well-being of the Obiliq citizens. Media reports
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Office in Prishtina received an award from RIINVEST institute on its 20th anniversary! Wulf Lapins Fes Prishtina Director and Besa Luzha, Program Coordinator since 2000, received the award jointly with the symbolic message conveyed that only equal partnership with international community, appreciating local ownership in leading the democratic processes is the proper way for Kosovo's development
Political Academy 2015
The first module of the Political Academy organized by FES Prishtina took place from 2-3 of May. During the weekend-seminar the participants discussed about the values of Social Democracy and about the functioning of Welfare States. On the first day of the seminar the lecturer Kerstin Rothe gave an input on Theory and Praxis of Social Democracy which was followed by a lively and argumentative discussions. The participants elaborated and reflected in working groups about the values of freedom, equality and solidarity and prepared presentations on the different political movements and ideologies. On the second day the lecturer Michael Reschke gave an introduction to the different models of Welfare States, where he elaborated on the principles of welfare states, differentiated between the liberal, conservative and social democratic types of welfare states and gave a brief overview over political economy. Afterwards the participants analyzed the political systems, welfare state and economy of different welfare countries as Germany, Sweden, USA and Japan. Finally the participants formulated necessary reforms for Kosovo towards becoming a Welfare state. The lecturers Kerstin Rothe and Michael Reschke are both engaged in the program of the Academy for Social Democracy of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Germany (more information about the ASD http://www.fes-soziale-demokratie.de/ )
The second module of the Political Academy took place from 15-17 of May in the city of Gjakova. In this module the participants discussed with the lecturer Simon Vaut about Economy, Globalization and Social Democracy. The lecturer introduced to the foundational economic theories of Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Keynes. The participants elaborated on coordinated and uncoordinated economic systems and compared the different economic orders in the USA, the UK, Germany, and Sweden. On the second day the discussion focused on the risks and opportunities of Globalization and the participants prepared a SWOT analysis for the Economy development in Kosovo where they worked out the competitive advantages of the country.
INPO - Publication of the annual monitoring report for Prishtina
On 01.04. the Iniciative for Progress (INPO) presented the monitoring report for the municipality of Prishtina for the year 2014. The monitoring report was supported by FES in Prishtina.
Make a Difference - Academy for Active Citizenship
The nongovernmental organization ‘Make A Difference’ with the support of Friderich-Ebert-Stiftung has successfully completed the first module of the ‘Academy for Active Citizenship’ (AAC). It was held from 27th - 29th of march 2014 at the Orion conference ceneter. The focus of the first module was grounded on the following topics:
- Democracy, active citizenship and participation
- Writing and managing projects
- Inclusiveness and social justice
Lectures on this module have been: Adem Beha (MA of Civil Society and Local Development) and Fatmir Haxholli (MA of Contemporary European Studies). The participants have been very active by raising important questions regarding the topics and also by discussing and debating during the entire module.The academy for Active Citizenship is an educational program which aims to contribute in raising an active citizenship in Kosovo. This is designated to be done by increasing the capacities and skills of nongovernmental organization and the youth who are active members in the public life. The AAC consists of three modules and will be accomplished in a period of three months.
Is clientelism an alternative dimension to Kosovo's governance?
Kosovo Local Government Institute (KLGI) with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organised a Local Governance Academy conference as part of Module - III titled ‘Is Clientelism an alternative dimension to Kosovo‘s governance?’. For this conference Mr. David Jackson commenced a study report which is part of a one year long field and desk research on clientelism. The report was presented by Mr. Fatmir Haxholli, MA on EU Integration. Mr. Haxholli highlighted the importance of implementation of good governance principles as a measurement against clientilism and nepotism. In this conference it was concluded that clientelism is becoming the cancer of public management and governance system in all levels. Municipalities shall take all measures to combat clientelism as a negative attitude. Hence, it was noted that stronger oversight against directly elected mayors is need as an instrument for greater accountability and transparency.
H.E. Ian Cliff the United Kingdom Ambassador to Kosovo gave a presentation to the Local Governance Academy Alumni Group on the challenges of Kosovo democracy: the role of municipalities in development – challenges and opportunities. Ambassador Cliff said that municipal assemblies must be more active in monitoring and controlling the work of the executive, especially the performance of mayors. The Local Governance Academy project is supported by Friedrich Ebert and Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo.
Debate: Is there an alternative to migration?
On the 13th of march the Journalist Club "Beqir Musliu" in Gjilan organized a debate to dicuss with representatives from local and national level the alternatives to illegal migration. Read the report
Roundtable and Debate on Emigration of Kosovo Citizens
This event was organized by KAPN (Kosovo Anti Poverty Network) and FES on February 19. The participants from civil society, the government and some European embassies met at the Orion Conference center in order to discuss reasons of and possible solutions to the current mass emigration of Kosovars.
Debate "Stop the migration and participation of Kosovars in foreign wars"
The Journalist Club 'Beqir Musliu' organized with the support of FES a debate to discuss about the new illegal migration wave of Kosovars, the reasons and the dangers of this phenomenon.
TV-Debate on Trepca
Friedrich Ebert Stifttung, Prishtina office, organizes a TV-Panel discussion on recent developments with regard to Trepca company which lead miners to initiate a protest, within the Trepca mines. The debate is realized with the cooperation of Klan Kosova TV, tonight, 22.01.2015 live at 21.00. Members of the panel discussion are: Burhan Kavaja, former Trepca Director, Azem Rexhaj, former head of commission for minerals, Ahmet Tmava, actual director of Trepca, Nazmi Mikullovci,former Trepca Director, ( LVV) , Dr. Shyqeri Kelmendi, Professor, and former manager of Trepca and Avni Jashari from AKP!
TV-Debate on Integration of northern Kosovo and the dialogue with Serbia
FES Prishtina, starts the Year 2015, with a series of TV debates that will touch upon important issues for Kosovo Society. Tonight at Zona e Debatit in Klan Kosova TV at 21.00 h, experts, opposition and representative of recently elected Government of Kosovo debate about the North, Dialogue with Serbia, and other challenges with regard to integration of North in Kosovo institutional life. A study conducted by IKS (Kosovar Initiative for Stability) on how to fight the status quo in the North and another study focused on overview of economic development of the North for the past years, were used as an insight to the debate with Edita Tahiri, Minister for Dialogue, Ilir Deda (LVV), Shpend Kursani (author of study), Astrit Gashi (journalist) and Besa Luzha (FES). Debate is moderated by Baton Haxhiu, the host of Zona e Debatit.The debate is supported by Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung-Prishtina Office.
Students visit FES Prishtina
On the 23. of December a group of students from the University for Business and Technology viztied the FES office in Prishtina. The students got to know about the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and it's work in Germany and Kosovo. The FES staff presented specifically the areas of activity in Kosovo and informed the students about engagement opportunities for young people being that one of the main areas of the foundation is to offer political education. In the context of political education FES Prishtina organizes annually the Political Academy which is a program that combines political education and practical training for young activists. Read more\PUBT
Roundtable: Situation and challanges for the primary health system in Prishtina
Debate: Kosovo's political compass - Mapping party ideology
The Institute Democracy for Development in cooperation with FES organized a roundtable to discuss the ideological orientation of political parties in Kosovo. On this occasion D4D presented the results of the analysis on political ideologies. The findings of the publication gave the participants and representatives of the main political parties tan input for the discussion. The study attempts to see if party members attitudes, values and political stands are same, similar, close or different with the official standing of political parties with regard to the ideology they say they represent. Read the publication in englishroLexo publikimin ne shqip
Political Academy - Module on Good Governance
The fifth module of FES Prishtina’s Political Academy on 22gr and 23am of November elaborated on “Aspects and Components of Good Governance”. Good Governance is the basis and precondition for the improvement of a society’s situation and the implementation of social democratic ideas. Therefore FES Prishtina invited Prof. Dr. Matthias K. Scheer LL.M. (Harvard), independent legal adviser, to share his experiences and views on this topic. Read more
Human rights education - 29.10.2014
Today, at the Human Rights Center University of Prishtina, with support of FES, a manual for Human Rights education was promoted, edited by Prof. Wolfgang Benedek, famous scholar on this field, and supporter of promotion of Human Rights in Kosovo for many years. After the promotion, Prof. Benedek, will hold the training for trainers, TOT, for tradeunionists, NGO members, teachers and others who promote on daily basis the Human Rights. Minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuqi, who was present at the promotion promised that the manual will be given to be used also by judges, prosecutors and members of other institutions that are in charge of promoting and implementing the Human rights on daily basis.
Roundtable: Achievements within 9 months of local government in Prishtina - what remains unaccomplished?
FES in cooperation with INPO organized a roundtable to discuss about the achievements within nine months of the new local government in Prishtina and the remaining challanges for the future.
Political Academy continues
The next modules of the PA were held during September and October on the topics Economics, Globalization and Social Democracy and on EU Foreign and Security Policies.
Study Visit of the Political Academy in Berlin
FES Prishtina organized from 7.-11. of October a study visit in Berlin for a group of the Political Academy. The topic of this visit was Integration policies and strategies for minority groups and foreigners in Germany. In order to better understand the efforts of Germany in integrating foreigners and minorities the delegation discussed with the MP’s Josip Juratovic and Christian Petry, with the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) about the Fair Mobility project, with the German Red Cross and other NGO’s working with integration issues. Some of the initiatives and projects that were presented and discussed could also be applicable in Kosovo in order to promote further the integration of minorities in the society. Read more
Visit of former EU-Parlamentarians in the FES office
Former MP's of the EU parliament visited today the FES office in Prishtina. They discussed about the work of FES in Kosovo and about the integration of minorities in the kosovar society.
Kosovo vor den Parlamentswahlen - Was bringt die dritte Legislaturperiode?
Roundtable: Political Compass - Mapping Party Ideology in Kosovo
Roundtable: Assessment of the Employment Strategy
FES in cooperation with GAP Institute organized a roundtable to discuss the employment strategy 2010-2012 and give recommendations for the upcoming one. The Employment Strategy 2010-2012 was a document of the Government of Kosovo aimed at creating jobs through investments in three areas: improving investment climate, formal education and professional training of human capital and modernizing institutions of labor market. The analysis concluded that: the strategy was very general; it lacked clear and measurable objectives; it did not mention mechanisms to create long term jobs; and, also the strategy did not contain any stimulus financial package to assist expansion of small and medium enterprises and pulling businesses from informal economy to a formal one. Therefore, GAP Institute suggests that the Government of Kosovo conducts a detailed assessment on the effects of the strategy, and develop a new long term strategy, with clear objectives on the number of new jobs that are planned to be created over the years and which should also contain financial incentives to establish new businesses and expand the existing ones.
The representative from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare stated that: During the period of the strategy -from the general budget - was allocated only a minimum budget for the expansion of active measures to increase employment. While the representative from the Ministry for Trade and Industry praised the reforms that had taken place in this ministry. In this regard he mentioned the improvement of frameworks for doing business in Kosovo, the training and consultation programs for starting a business, reduction of costs for business loans, the grant programs for small and medium businesses and the creation of free economic zones to strengthen small and medium businesses. Mrs. Kadrijaj from the parliamentary committee for health, Labour and Welfare called the relevant Institutions for coordinating their data and statistics of unemployment rates, since the different institutions provided different data, what complicates the work of the committee. The representatives of the German and American Chamber of Commerce said that there is a need to create facilities for businesses and for investments from the diaspora, a strategy that would help to create new jobs.
Roundtable: Justice Reform in Kosovo
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Kosovo Law Institute organized the roundtable Justice Reform in Kosovo, where KLI presented the analysis “Reform in Justice System in Kosovo”. The study was initiated based on the need to conduct an in depth study about the ongoing reforms in the justice system, and the need for a vision for the future. The report concludes that currently there is no strategy and there is lack of clear goals of the justice system reform. Hence, the round table was a great opportunity to raise the debate about what makes a reform successful and which steps should be undertaken in order to achieve this. After the presentation Mr. Hajredin Kuci, Minister of Justice mentioned the challenges that the system had been going through during the last years. He also explained the reform that were undertaken since 2008, which were the reform of the legislation, the reform of personnel and the improved infrastructure. Valdete Daka from the Judicial Council explained the challenges the judicial system faced after the war, because of the mixed judicial systems, laws and regulations from Yugoslavia and those from the UNMIK. Now Kosovo has it's own laws and regulations which need to be implemented properly. She also emphasized the improved communication between the judicial and executive power. The representatives from the Ministry, from the Judicial and Prosecutor Council agreed that the analysis provided concrete recommendations for the further improvement of the judicial system.
Roundtable Discussion: To pay or not to pay? - A Business Perspective of Informality in Kosovo
A study on informality from the perspective of bussinesses conducted by RIINVEST, and supported by FES and KFOS revealed that informality level ( 34.4%) within the legal registered businesses, is manifested mainly in two forms: a) by not declaring the right amount of income/profit and b) by not declaring all employees. Stakeholders participating in discussion of the findings agreed that despite many positive actions taken already by government institutions attempting to reduce the fiscal evasion, there is still a lot more work to be done in all dimensions. They also agree that this is a process and the discussion should involve all segments of the society in promoting the approach that it is a moral and legal obligation of every citizen/business towards declaring and paying taxes, (including other forms of obligations/contributions) just as it is a moral and legal obligation that institutions should perform much better in managing the public money by offering better services to citizens , as a return for their investment! Read the publication in albanian; in english
Political Academy 2013 - Certification Ceremony
After five modules of training and intensive discussions on political issues such as political culture, values of social democracy, economic growth and globalization, EU integration processes and peace and security the third generation of the PA was certified for the successful completion of the program.
Through the training modules, which provided a combination of theory and practice, but also through the discussions with the local and international lecturers and among each other the participants had the chance to deepen their understanding of social democratic ideas, values and positions.
Voices of Youth - Perspectives for the Future
On the weekend from 9-10 of November the workshop Voices of Youth - Perspectives for the Future took place. In 2012 FES has published the Kosovo Youth Study, which analyses the positions of youth in respect to topics as politics and democracy, family and values, education and employment but also leisure activities and lifestyle. The results of the youth study have been discussed with the youngsters of several communities. For a majority of the young people the study is a real reflection of the views, needs, desires and aspirations of the young generation in Kosovo. The youth study paints a real portrait of the young people in the country. As follow up of the study and debates FES organized in cooperation with the student organisation Make a Difference the weekend-workshop with the purpose to analyze the current situation and to jointly with the young people formulate recommendations for the relevant institutions.
The recommendations for actions which were developed in this workshop will be published and forwarded to communities, schools, ministries, youth organizations and media. In it’s way this project has given a voice to the the young generation. Thus the young people themselves have contributed to the improvement of their actual situation.
Political Academy - Module on Peace and Security (19.-20.10.2013)
The fifth and last module of the PA for this year took place on the weekend from 19-20 of October. This time the participants discussed with Prof Manutscher Saba from the University of Bonn about Peace and Security. A free and fair world has always been the goal of Social Democracy. Therefore questions on foreign and security policies are central for social democrats. How can peace and security be guaranteed in the international frames? What role do political institutions such as the UN, NATO and EU play in this context? Where are the limits of political actions and what is the significance of arm-control and disarmament policy in the prevention of international crises? These were some of the questions discussed during this module.
After a presentation on International Humanitarian Law, given by Yllka Pajaziti as part of her research for the PA, the group compared this to the Human Rights Law and discussed about differences and similarities. As the last part of this module Prof. Saba gave a presentation on Means and Methods of Warfare in Armed Conflicts followed by an exhilarating discussion. Successful participants of the PA will receive a certificate from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Presentation of the "Civil Society Platform for Prishtina" - 11.10.2013
What do the citizen of Prishtina desire for their capital? Which improvements and ideas do they recommend? Which changes are necessary in their point of view?
The answers should be of particular interest to the mayor candidates of the upcoming local election on November 3, 2013.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Developing Together (DT) in association with the Institute for Development Policy (INDEP) conducted a study concerning these questions in order to contribute to the advancement of local government in Prishtina. Another goal of the study was to improve the relations between local institutions and civil society.
For the implementation of this research five focus groups had been formed which had met in independent sessions where they had discussed the most important issues which should be priority for the next mayor of Prishtina. Experts of various fields were also consulted.
From these debates a large number of concrete recommendations have been found out. They can be summarized into six topics: transparency of municipality, public services, economic development, education, health care, environmental matters.
The study wants to encourage all mayor candidates from every political party F consider these recommendations to their particular policy and political agenda. The study can be seen as a mouthpiece which represents the voice of the citizens of Prishtina.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Developing Together arranged a public presentation of the study, which took place on October 11, 2013. The following candidates attended and participated afterwards in a panel discussion moderated by Driton Tafallari from Developing Together: Agim Çeku (PDK), Visar Arifaj (Partia e Fortë), Besnik Tahiri (AAK), Kaqusha Jashari (PSD), Shpend Ahmeti (VV), Valon Murati (Levizja për Bashkim). The mayor candidates presented their political agendas for Prishtina. In the end of the event the audiance was able to pose several questions to the candidates. This study and event is a small but important contribution to democracy on local level.
Youth debate in Gjakova
The 6th youth debate took place in Gjakova on 26th of September. FES is organizing a series of debates with young people in order to present the results of the Youth Study and to discuss whether they find themselves represented in this study, and in order to identify further challenges young people are facing in different municipalities. Another purpose of those debates is -after identifying the problems and challenges young people are dealing with- to formulate some recommendations for relevant institutions in order to improve the life and opportunities for the young generation.
The debaters in Gjakova found themselves represented in the most figures published in the study. They also identified some specific challenges of young people in Gjakova, for instance the high unemployment rate and the lack of youth involvement in decision making processes in the municipality. In order to complement these debates, FES will organize a workshop with the aim to formulate and write down the concrete recommendations from the debates on the identified problematic fields which will be send to the relevant institutions with the aim to influence the youth policies and strategies.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Complicit in Dysfunction - Analysis of the National Council for European Integration’s performance in Kosovo - 25.09.2013
European integration retains the overwhelming support of the Kosovo populace, and is supported rhetorically by the entire Kosovar political spectrum. Yet KCSF’s research revealed that the Council set up to lead this process is divided, sidetracked by political exigencies, managed ineffectually, and opaque in its operations and communications. It is not held accountable for its shortcomings. And it operates largely out of the public eye.
Kosovo’s National Council for European Integration was established in 2012 to guide the country through the elaborate reforms required of it to move closer to EU. After one year of operations, however, the Council is singularly failing to fulfil its mission.
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Prishtina Office (FES) working jointly with Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) produced an analysis on aspects of the (dis)functioning of the main mechanism established by Kosovo Institutions with regard to EU Integration process. This paper has been articulated to speak to those audiences that have a decided interest in and leverage over Kosovo’s European integration process. This report contains a set of clear recommendations to improve how the Council functions. These recommendations seek to help the council transform its political rhetoric about European integration into tangible reforms.
For this purpose, FES Prishtina Office and KCSF invited members of the Council itself, the Government of Kosovo, the Kosovo Assembly, the European Commission, EU affairs experts in Kosovo, and those civic groups interested in Kosovo’s EU-integration process. more
Political Academy - module IV (20.-22.09.2013)
The fourth module of the PA took place in the weekend from 20il-22es of September. The topic of this module was “Good governance at the national and local level”. The participants had the chance to discuss with Prof. Dr. Eckart Starenschulte, from the European Academy in Berlin, about principles and structures of good governance. Besnik Tahiri from the Kosovo Local Government Institute gave presentations on the decentralization process and municipal governance in Kosovo.
13.09.2013, Hotel "Prishtina"
Roundtable discussion:Challenges for Implementation of Labour Law-Maternity leave, working contracts and other aspects of rights of employees
FES Prishtina in cooperation with Trade Unions Leadership (BSPK) organized a roundtable discussion. The topic was Labor Law and its implementation, with the focus on recent tendencies to change certain amandaments of the Law. The employee organizations and employers representatives discussed the challenges, proposals and remarks, while Members of Parliament, present in the discussion committed to a careful review of the proposals before the amending process. In general, it can be observes that tendecies are to offer a better environment for bussiness sector, but the challenge is how to do that without loosing the higher interest that of a decent life for workers and citizens in general.
The participants agreed to discuss each segment and amandament in more details and to offer the government writen remarks and suggestions,with the focus on improving the rights of employees in Kosovo in a constructive cooperation with employers, businesses and government.
Discussion on Labour Law: Maternity Leave
The central topic of yesterday’s debate, organized by FES Prishtina Office and hosted by the Human Rights Center of the University of Prishtina, was the currently debated legislation concerning maternity leave.
Participating in the roundtable panel were Ombudsperson Mr. Sami Kurteshi, Leunora Zylfiaj from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Shukrije Rexhepi from the Union of Independent Trade Unions of Kosova