Progress report on Kosovo to be published today

Progress report on Kosovo to be published today

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, October 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Today, the president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga will receive in a meeting the special EU representative to Kosovo, Samuel Zbogar.

The latter will hand to president Jahjaga the 2014 Progress Report on Kosovo.

IBNA news agency has learnt from official sources in Brussels that Kosovo is expected to have made less progress in this report.

Fight against corruption, the functioning of courts and many other parts of the report contain negative notes.

One of the main problems that the Progress Report identifies are the problems that relate to public procurement, political influences in many domains and the reformation of the administration.

The most critical point is the amendment of the Constitution, in order for Kosovo to be able to form the Special Court, which is being prevented by the failure to create the new institutions of the country.

Meanwhile, prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci expects the Progress Report to be a real reflection.

“Kosovo is looking forward to the EU Progress Report for the process of European integration. We expect this report to be a real reflection of an intensive year and to confirm the success in fulfilling the final criteria for the endorsement of SAA and the liberalization of the visa regime. Besides this, another success for Kosovo relates to the good elections that it has held since after the war and the efficient work in the dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia”, declared Thaci.

Nevertheless, he admits that many challenges are yet to be addressed by the new government of Kosovo.

“Of course, the biggest challenge yet to be addressed is the creation of the new institutions of Kosovo. Kosovo is in the right path to European Atlantic integration, because this is the will of the citizens of Kosovo and of all the political parties in the country”, said Thaci. /ibna/