O ‘Connell “Can’t have a state based on nepotism”

O ‘Connell “Can’t have a state based on nepotism”

Pristina, 15 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

British Deputy Head of Mission in Pristina criticizes the nepotism in the state administration.

British ambassador in Kosovo, Ruairi O’Connell has observed cronyism within Kosovo state administration and calls on to give an end to this phenomenon which he described as negative and unacceptable.

Mr. O’Connell critics followed up the interceptions published in Kosovo media, about high political officials, involved in employment affairs based on cronyism.

“We have heard the last interceptions and I have to say that the state does not operate like this, based on nepotism. That is detrimental to Kosovo. Nobody in Kosovo believes that someone is hired based on his own capabilities”, declared O’Connell commenting about the interceptions of Adem Grabovci conversations, the head of parliamentary group of Democratic Party of Kosovo.

“State neither can be established, nor can function based on nepotism”,  stressed O’Connell. Mr. O’Connell launched these declaration today in Kosovo Assembly where it was signed the Memorandum of Cooperation between the embassy of Great Britain, the Assembly and the Government. This memorandum aims to consolidate and provide independence to the boards of Independent Agencies. Kosovo Assembly chairman Kadri Veseli also admits the nepotism phenomenon and appealed for the change of situation.

“We must change such practice. The cronyism is a real occurrence, present since 16 years ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make progress” stated Veseli. /balkaneu.com/