KIPRED: Kosovo has no clear EU perspective

KIPRED: Kosovo has no clear EU perspective

Pristina, April 7, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED) and Vision Eye (SiV) have published the report “Kosovo toward the EU, Unlawful Migration Challenge”.

This analysis of policies is part of a series of publications in the framework of the KIPRED and SiV project “The delivery of EU requirements for good governance for further European integration of Kosovo”, funded and backed by the European Commission, EU Liason Office in Pristina.

According to the report, EU perspective for Kosovo continues to be difficult.

“The consolidation of Kosovo’s state continues to be difficult, with five EU member countries which are yet to recognize its independence. Conditioned by EU request for Kosovo and Serbia to normalize their relations and boost regional cooperation, Kosovo has been constantly engaged in the dialogue process, neglecting many domestic issues. In spite of the hope of the political elite to speed up the liberalization of visas for Kosovo nationals, Kosovo continues to be the most isolated country in the region”, reads the report.

According to the report, the free visa regime with EU member countries would stop illegal migration.

“Kosovo continues to suffer systematic corruption, which is often aggravated from the bribery of senior officials, nepotism at work and unsafe business environment. According to Transparency International, Kosovo has been ranked 110th, which puts it at the same position with little developed countries. Kosovo also continues to lack equal opportunities in employment”, further states the report.

As far as employment opportunities are concerned, according to the report, limited possibilities of employment deteriorate the environment and make it unsafe for small businesses.

“Corruption, nepotism and limited possibilities continue to have an impact on foreign investments in Kosovo. The Central Bank of Kosovo has reported that in the first half of 2014, Direct Foreign Investments in Kosovo were 110,1 million Euros, 32,9% less than the 2013 figure”, says the report among others. /ibna/