Kosovo: Political will is missing in the fight against corruption

Kosovo: Political will is missing in the fight against corruption

Pristina, 11 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The high level of corruption in Kosovo is a direct consequence of the lack of political will and problems in the application of the law.

Experts of political and legal affairs say that in Kosovo, corruption is not fought with all institutional capacities.

Law professor, Fatos Rushiti told IBNA that the lack of political will to fight corruption has generated institutional overlapping and a weak justice system.

“First of all, we must admit the existence of corruption in Kosovo in order for state institutions to then fight this phenomenon. There’s a need for a great commitment as far as the strengthening of capacities of the Agency Against Corruption is concerned, in both the aspect of manpower, and the financial independence of this institution”, Rushiti said.

According to him, the engagement of political and institutional leaders is also seen through declarations, but their actions in practice do not demonstrate commitment in the fight against corruption.

Expert of political developments, Shkelzen Dakaj told IBNA that Kosovo has been long lacking the engagement of the institutions in taking concrete measures to identifying those corruption cases which relate people with power.

According to him, authorities must first tackle cases of corruption which relate to people who are considered as untouchable.

The concern about corruption and impunity against this negative phenomenon has also been expressed by the US ambassador to Pristina, Greg Delawie. He has sought an unstoppable war against corruption and organized crime.

“This is why it is not a surprise why many public polls consider corruption as one of the issues that mostly concern citizens of Kosovo. Everyone is clear that corruption and nepotism are alive and flourishing amid a culture of impunity”, Delawie said.

Concrete results in the fight against corruption and organized crime, especially of high levels, have been imposed as a condition for Kosovo by the European Union for the process of the liberalization of visas. /balkaneu.com/