Kosovo: corruption is a serious obstacle in the advancement of democratic processes

Kosovo: corruption is a serious obstacle in the advancement of democratic processes

Pristina, 14 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In Pristina, Institute for Development Studies, RIINVEST, has published a study in relation to the assessment of corruption in Kosovo, which states that this phenomenon is a serious obstacle in the advancement of democratic processes and in the creation of a society with functional institutions.

The study also points out that citizens of Kosovo are more willing to engage in bribery, where one in two individuals accepts corruption as an instrument to get things done.

According to this report, around 48% of the citizens in Kosovo have bribed officials of the public administration.

Lumir Abdixhiku of RIINVEST said that state authorities are responsible for the high level of corruption, because according to him, this phenomenon is threatening Kosovo’s society, the development of the country and integration.

He said that corruption threatens foreign investments and the rule of law, while stressing that the scope of this report is to offer a detailed assessment of corruption in Kosovo.

Meanwhile, special representative for the rule of law at the EU Office in Kosovo, Cezary Michalczuk, said that corruption is present in Kosovo, but he has demanded changes in the Criminal Code in order to strengthen fight against corruption even more.

He said that courts and prosecution must be more efficient in their work. Michalczuk said that the Agency Against Corruption must do more in order to identify cases of corruption. /balkaneu.com/