EU battle with the Balkan kleptocrats?

EU battle with the Balkan kleptocrats?

By Muhamer Pajaziti

European Commission continues to publish ‘Copy Paste’ reports on the progress of Kosovo and other countries of the Balkan region.

We have learnt them by heart. Fight against corruption, reformation of the public administration, judicial system and creation of a functional economy and an economy that competes with the countries of the region and European Union.

If it happens that we forget our daily problems, Fule is there to remind them to us, by repeating the same refrain for more than a decade.

He or his spokesman take out of their archives the famous declaration: You have made progress, but you must continue to implement the reform in the public administration, in the judicial system, fight against corruption and to guarantee freedom of the media.

What is this strategy of enlargement? What are these political means, mechanisms of this super national organization which for years in a row is failing to transform the Balkan countries from communist regimes to modern regimes with functional democracies?

All those visits from European diplomats, advises, suggestions, financial aid amounting to several millions, are not managing to reform or make these politicians aware for things which are necessary for a decent living, for better services, education, health system, new jobs, clean environment, free media, etc.

Is it this difficult to deal with these dirty politicians, kleptocrats, oligarchs, who, like US diplomat Nuland declared, are treating the state as their own property?

There are some who think that their punishment must come from the citizens of these countries through the free vote. They are right, but they forget that in these so called states, the free vote is out of the question, because their leadership has captured the state from all sides. They control all independent institutions, media and they even control the vote of the citizens.

This is suggested by the results of the latest elections in several countries of the region, where these murderers of democracy easily win electoral battles.

Under these circumstances, it’s an imminent need of the European Union to intensify war against these usurpers of democracy by drafting efficient strategies to change the reality in these countries.

New missions must be established in order to offer citizens better health services, knowledge and diplomas that are worth more than party membership cards, to enable fair trials and not orchestrated judicial processes, professional and not a partisan administration, efficient services without corruption, etc.

Balkan is going back to the ‘90s with the risk of the repetition of conflicts and wars that caused great pain and many tragedies for the citizens of the peninsula.

*The author is an independent analyst and lector in the ISPE University College of Pristina. He continues his doctorate on international affairs at Chemnitz University in Germany.

** The opinion of the author doesn’t necessarily represent IBNA’s editorial line