Kosovo: Fight of corruption under EU scrutiny

Kosovo: Fight of corruption under EU scrutiny
A delegation of the European Commission will arrive in Kosovo tomorrow to asses if the last criterion for the liberalization of visas, the fight against organized crime and corruption, has been delivered.

The European Commission delegation will collect data on the work that has been done so far by authorities. Next month there will be a report (recommendation) for the lifting of the visa regime with the EU member countries.

Kosovo’s justice minister, Abelard Tahiri said that he’s sure that Kosovo will obtain a positive evaluation by the EU delegation regarding the fight against organized crime and corruption, which is the last criterion for the liberalization of visas.

“After the approval of the demarcation agreement with Montenegro, the remaining criterion relates to the track record in the fight against corruption and organized crime. The technical delegation is expected to provide a positive evaluation because institutions of Kosovo have done a very good job in the fight against corruption and organized crime”, Tahiri said.

Meanwhile, analysts in Pristina told IBNA that the real fight against corruption requires time and efforts by institutions.

Analyst Shkelzen Dakaj says that corruption is present in all areas and that it has shaken the very foundations of democracy and development in the country.

“Corruption is present not only in the government, but everywhere in society. Corruption is present in public enterprises, media and civil sector. For many years, we have lost the battle against this phenomenon”, Dakaj says. /ibna/

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