Pristina, 10 December 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
On the World Day against Corruption, based on the opinion polls conducted by national and international organizations, corruption in Kosovo is present in all institutions.
In the meeting hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, dubbed “Fight Against Corruption: A possible mission”, the US ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie said that for him and the US government, fight against corruption in Kosovo is a priority.
For this reason, he added, it’s been decided that next year, 12 million dollars will be spent for the strengthening of the rule of law and fight against corruption.
Delawie said that the level of corruption in Kosovo remains the highest one among countries of the region.
“Corruption prevents the government’s work, restricts economic prosperity, affects the level of democracy and reduces the government’s legitimacy. Corruption drains public resources, limits entrepreneurs and makes foreign and national investments leave”, he said, adding that those who use public offices for personal gains, must be brought before justice.
Dutch ambassador, Gerrie Willems said that since its Independence, Kosovo has been facing great challenges and according to her, corruption is now the biggest challenge.
Willems said that corruption doesn’t only have political implications, but it also affects the life of the citizens.
“Corruption must be fought and this can start by educating people. Youth plays a key role in studying the model of corruption in Kosovo. There’s no time to waste and now we must crack down on this phenomenon”, she said.
Meanwhile, on the World Day against Corruption, Kosovo’s president, Atifete Jahjaga said that corruption is something that threatens every society, which prevents the development of a state, mines the rule of law and slows down economic growth.
PM Isa Mustafa declared that the government is determined to fight corruption and offer normal conditions for competition.
“We cannot talk about economic development, if we have corruption, as companies will not be in conditions of equality in the market”, he said.
Corruption in Kosovo is considered as one of the biggest challenges that institutions face.
In 2014, Kosovo marked a slight improvement in the Transparency International corruption index, ranking along with Albania on the 110th place, in what is called “a red area”. /ibna/