IBNA Special Report
Pristina, October 6, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
In mid October, the European Commission will publish the annual progress report on West Balkan countries.
According to experts of European affairs, the 2014 report on Kosovo, is expected to contain lots of criticism for the lack of reforms in the justice system, public administration, fight against corruption, political influence on independent institutions, noncompetitive economy and the failure to solve the political crisis.
Nevertheless, the report will praise the finalization of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, the holding of early parliamentary elections and the approval the majority of EU sponsored laws. The report will also recommend the continuation of the negotiations for the normalization of relations with Serbia.
Professor of European law, Avni Mazreku told IBNA that the report will contain strong criticism as far as democracy and rule of law is concerned.
“The European Commission will be very critical as far as democracy and the application of the law is concerned. The attempts for political interventions in judicial cases will be considered as an obstacle for Kosovo’s efforts to build strong and independent institutions”, says Mazreku.
As far as public administration in Kosovo is concerned, Mazrreku says that the European Commission will stress that the country’s authorities must guarantee adequate respect of the recommendations of the Independent Oversight Board for Civil Service, something which is currently not happening in a number of cases.
“The implementation of the strategy and action plan on the reform in the public administration continues to be a big challenge for Kosovo. The reform in the public administration continues to be a great challenge for Kosovo. This reform continues to be characterized by the lack of professionalism and motivation of the staff. It’s clear that this government has used public administration to employ party militants and has been characterized by a high level of nepotism”, says he.
Meanwhile, political analyst, Vilhard Shala, told IBNA that the European Commission report will address criticism as far as the lack of the mechanisms for the fight against corruption and organized crime is concerned, political influence on independent institutions, noncompetitive economy and the failure to solve the political crisis.
“The report will also recommend the solution of the political crisis and the creation of new institutions in order to intensively work in the fight against corruption and organized crime. The report will also stress the need for a better functioning of the Kosovar economy, in order to make it competitive with the economies of the region and the European Union”, says Shala.
Nevertheless, he says that the report will praise the holding of early parliamentary elections, the finalization of the Stabilization and Association Agreement and the approval of the majority of EU sponsored laws. /ibna/