Kosovo marks the 8th anniversary of Independence today

Kosovo marks the 8th anniversary of Independence today

Pristina, 17 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Republic of Kosovo marks today the eighth anniversary of Independence, but like never before, citizens are invited to both celebrate and protest in different hours, but at the same place.

During the morning, there will be a march by Kosovo Security Forces and Police of Kosovo. As usual, there will also be homage at the grave of former president Ibrahim Rugova and at the Memorial of Adem Jashari in Prekaz.

At 2 pm, opposition parties, Self Determination, AAK and Incentive for Kosovo have invited the citizens to protest.

In its release, police of Kosovo said that it has taken all measures to guarantee law and order.

Spokesman of the Kosovo police, Daut Hoxha said that there are enough police officers who will be keep order.

Meanwhile, for eight years, Kosovo managed to secure 111 recognitions (according to the official figures at the Foreign Ministry’s website).

Also, in spite of all the efforts that were made, Kosovo could not become a UNESCO member, and it hasn’t yet been granted the visa liberalization regime. One of the achievements of the integration process relates to the signature of the Stabilization and Association Agreement as the first step toward entering contractual relations with the EU.

As far as the rule of law is concerned, international reports have identified several advancements, but the main challenges consist on the fact that the judiciary system is affected by politics, corruption, organized crime and the lack of full constitutional authority in the north of the country.

In partnership with the west, the country is involved in the global challenge that relates to extremism and terrorism. /ibna/