Kosovo in a parliamentary crisis

Kosovo in a parliamentary crisis

Pristina, 24 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

A significant part of MPs in the parliament of Kosovo are not participating in parliamentary sessions.

Civil society representatives say that this legislative situation has put parliament in a deep institutional crisis, which has blocked the approval of bills.

Kosovo’s Democratic Institute, which monitors the work of the parliament of Kosovo, considers the dynamic of the work of parliament very low and in discordance with the responsibilities that this institution has in dealing with laws and other issues.

The head of the Kosovo Democratic Institute, Ismet Kryeziu says that the intensity of plenary sessions is in discordance with the needs and representation of the citizens.

He adds that if the same period last year is compared with this year, there are 22 fewer parliamentary sessions. According to Kryeziu, all of this has the profile of a parliamentary crisis.

“The absence of those majority’s MPs in parliament marks the start of a parliamentary crisis, which had started with the objections of the opposition”, Kryeziu says.

With this slow dynamic of work in the parliament of Kosovo, Kryeziu stresses, Kosovo will not be able to meet its obligations.

On the other hand, representatives of the institutions of Kosovo say that the absence of opposition in parliament has prevented the speeding up of legislative procedures.

According to the data of the Kosovo Democratic  Institute, in 2015 parliament of Kosovo has passed 47 bills out of 138 which were planned to be passed. /balkaneu.com/