OSCE: Institutions must be more open to public

OSCE: Institutions must be more open to public

Pristina, 15 September 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

On the World Day of Democracy, the head of OSCE to Kosovo, ambassador Jean-Claude Sclumberger, called on institutions to be more open to the public and civil society to have an active role in advancing the consolidation of democracy.

“The mission praises the important steps which have been taken in order to have a higher involvement of the public. More attention should be given now to standard procedures which must become part of the system, in order for public’s involvement not to remain sporadic, but become sustainable”, ambassador Schlumberger said.

The OSCE ambassador said that during the past 12 months, Kosovo’s institutions have made important steps in setting up women’s parliamentary group on a local and central level, including the majority of northern communes.

Parliament of Kosovo has involved civic society in hearings and public discussions, especially after the approval of the declaration for partnership with civic society last year.

“The structures for the involvement of the public exist; they just need to be better used. As a result, we will have more democracy and transparency”, Schlumberger concluded. /ibna/