Kosova as a rational actor in international society - The case of countering violent extremism

September 2021

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Is Kosovo a rational actor and a responsible member of the international democratic community?

In the latest paper, PIPS analyzed Kosovo's approach and role in the global fight against violent extremism.

The publication sheds light on examples and cases that show that:
In the global fight against violent extremism, Kosovo has demonstrated itself as a rational actor, taking responsibility for the repatriation and reintegration of its citizens from the areas;
Kosovo institutions have shown capacity to take on and fulfill global commitments that contribute to international peace and security;
Kosovo enjoys religious tolerance but international media reporting has created the impression that the country is ravaged by religious radicalization and extremism;
Furthermore, Kosovo has identified ethno-political radicalization as detrimental to its stability, peace and security.

Kosovo's membership in the Adriatic Charter: What are the odds?

September 2021

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The Adriatic Charter (A-5) is one of the main regional security initiatives in the region of Southeast Europe, thus helping the member states' goal of achieving NATO and EU integration. The Adriatic Charter consists of Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kosovo was the last country to gain observer status in the A-5 in 2012, and its bid to become a full member in 2014 failed due to Bosnia and Herzegovina's veto.

Therefore, what are the odds that Kosovo can join the Adriatic Charter?

Our latest publication explains the benefits, opportunities and obstacles for Kosovo's full membership in the Adriatic Charter.

To what extent is the Vetëvendosje electoral program integrated into the Government Program?

September 2021

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This report analyzes the level of integration of electoral promises in the government plan, consequently stressing the importance of the feasibility and accountability in regards to electoral promises.

For the first time since 1999, Vetëvendosje's electoral results scale, allowed a political party in Kosovo to form a government with the sole support of non-majority political parties.

This short report discusses the content of the Government Program of the Republic of Kosovo 2021-2025, in relation to the electoral program of Vetëvendosje. The results show that the highest group of these promises are not integrated in the government program, comprising a figure of about 48%. The report was compiled as part of the project 'Strengthening Transparency and Accountability for Reforms" supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo.

The data were selected and categorized by the FOL Movement, while the report was prepared by the Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS).

Water Security in Kosovo and the Washington Agreement

September 2021

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Challenges stemming from a lack of coordination and normalization of political relations with Serbia have strained the management of Ujman and the Ibar canal. With this in mind, the US-led discussions in the White House on September 4, 2020 attempted to address this issue, and in point seven of the agreement a feasibility study was proposed that looked at the possibilities of sharing the flow of water.

This summary note aims to analyze the case of "Lake Ujman" focusing on regional cooperation and economic importance. Furthermore, this paper focuses on the geopolitical importance of Lake Ujman, the Washington Agreement and the recommendations arising from this agreement, similar cases and international precedents for shared management of water resources, and the consequences of the agreement.

Energy Sector in Kosovo, Regional Cooperation and Gasification Projects

July 2021

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Kosovo is at crossroads regarding the energy sector, having to choose to act on either "grow now - clean up later" or "sustainable development".

Part of the solution of the Kosovar government will be the important gasification projects which are expected to be developed.

Our latest paper explains the development of infrastructure and gasification projects in Kosovo.

Citizens' mindset towards political questions

June 2021

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"The Citizens' Mindset towards Political Questions" survey was first published by the Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS), in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Office in Prishtina.

The survey aims to produce credible results that will be useful to those involved in the field, i.e. political parties, decisionmakers, policymakers, scholars, analysts and others.

The results of the survey are divided into two parts: Perspectives on the state's relationship with the economy and individual freedoms, as well as perspectives on politics and political participation.

Summary report on Kosovo’s public administration reform

June 2021

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For Kosovo as a new state, an efficient and accountable public administration is a crucial portion of democratic governance and state functioning. Reforming and improving the functioning of public administration has been a key issue in the EU-Kosovo relations in the recent years.

This summary report aims to reflect and discuss on the situation of the public administration reforms in Kosovo in the recent years, through focusing on the documents and strategies that have been approved during this period. Furthermore, the report will analyze the key achievements and implementation level of PAR thus far and suggest recommendations for the new Government of Kosovo to implement, based on the main challenges that need to be addressed.

This report has been prepared as part of the project "Strengthening Transparency and Accountability for Reforms" implemented by PIPS and Lëvizja FOL, and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo.

Real Estate in Kosovo - Opening the market with the EU

May 2021

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Foreigners in Kosovo can only own real estate if they acquire ownership through inheritance. Given Kosovo's aim to join the European Union(EU), this situation is changing. The Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the EU foresees the opening of the Kosovo real estate market to citizens and companies of EU member states.

Despite the clear provisions of the SAA in this regard, in practice this market opening is challenged in principle by the current legal framework for property rights and their implementation in Kosovo.

This study analyzes the legal framework, challenges and expected impact, and provides recommendations.
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