The roundtable ‘Prospects of Kosovo membership to Council of Europe’ was held today. The goal of this roundtable was discussing the Kosovo membership to Council of Europe. Present in the roundtable were: Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, ex Foreign Affairs Minister Enver Hoxhaj, Human Rights Expert Gjylieta Mushkolaj and Fisnik Korenica Expert of law.
PIPS Executive Director Leonora Kryeziu on the opening speech emphasized the vital importance of membership in this organization in improving the life of Kosovars. “Kosovo Civil Society supports the Kosovo membership in this organization that would benefiet drastically to Kosovars. The application needs to be submit as soon as possible”.
On the other hand Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga also supported the lobbying process of Prishtina Institute for Political Studies in Kosovo membership to Council of Europe. According to the President, Kosovo membership to CoE is an urgent need in improving the human rights and rule of law in Kosovo.
Ex Minister of Foreign Affairs Enver Hoxhaj spoke about the importance of creating a momentum which would be created as a consequence of a process of lobbying from different sides. According to Hoxha a wide cooperation is demanded prior and after the application submit in order to secure the votes of the member states.
Law Expert Gjylieta Mushkolaj declared that institutions should be careful with the commitments they make knowing that they turn into juridical obligations. Meanwhile Fisnik Korenica who also did the concluding remarks added that Kosovo needs to have a new coordination and momentum in the road to accession in order to be a member of this organization as soon as possible.
On 27 December, the first meeting with journalists was held as part of the program “Journalists in the field of energy and environment”. During this meeting the detailed program was presented for the participants as well as the current situation in Kosovo regarding energy and environment policies.
On July 7, the Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) published the policy analysis "Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo". The analysis drafted after a period of several months of research provides an overview of the current situation of public administration reform, namely the implementation of the rationalization of independent, executive and regulatory agencies.
School for Political Studies has held an online lecture & discussion with Dr. Gëzim Visoka on the topic "Peace through mutual recognition: The current situation in Kosovo and future opportunities".