Corruption and money laundering like a cancer in Kosovo’s society

Corruption and money laundering like a cancer in Kosovo’s society

Pristina, 26 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Government and institutions of Kosovo have been clearly positioned in favor of European integration and building the rule of law. They say that fight against corruption remains a priority.

Prime Minister of the country, Isa Mustafa stressed this today during the launch of the project against economic crime in Kosovo.

“Institutions of Kosovo have made important steps toward economic development, the rule of law, terrorism and radicalism. These are achievements that we have made together with the European Union”, Mustafa said.

Meanwhile, minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuci said that institutions must be careful for the legal infrastructure.

According to him, all of those who are involved in terrorism, money laundering and corruption, must face justice.

“Continuous reforms in law and order, fight of corruption and organized crime, but also reforms in public administration have been our priorities in the European integration path. We have laws which are in harmony with European standards, creating a good legal basis to fight these phenomena”, Kuci said.

Meanwhile, Tomas Knoch from the EU office says that corruption and money laundering are challenging to be fought.

“Kosovo has good laws, but it lacks an efficient implementation. The implementation is clear when it applies to senior officials, when such cases end up in courts and when assets worth millions of euros are sized”, Knoch said.

He said that institutions of Kosovo have a lot of work to do, saying that corruption and money laundering are a cancer of society, therefore appealed that these phenomena must be put to an end. /