PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo media widely covered the intention of the European Union (EU) to investigate accusations of the Dick Marty Report. The Council of Europe Ra- pporteur, Senator Dick Marty, in his report from December 2010 claims that members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the time from 1998 to 2000 were involved in organ trading and organized crime. A special focus is given on the so called Drenica Group of the former KLA commander, current Kosovo Prime Minister and Head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Hashim Thaci. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Media Reports, Albania, EU, Eulex, Haliti, KLA, Kosovo, Limaj, Marty, Muja, Serbia, Thaci, Veseli
PRISTINA, Kosovo — As to Kosovar media two European companies have reached the final round of bids for 75% of the shares of the publicly owned "Post Telecom Kosovo" – PTK, the main Kosovar operator for tele- phone and mobile phone network services. The competitors are “Hrvatski Telecom” from Croatia, which is owned by “Deutsche Telekom” from Germany, and “Telekom Austria". According to figures of the Kosovo Ministry for Economic Development these bidders together – considering their parent companies – have more than 170 million customers world-wide and a financial turnover of more than 67 billion Euro yearly. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Economy, Media Reports, Austria, Croatia, EU, Germany, IMF, Kosovo, PTK, Thaci
BRUSSELS / PRISTINA, Kosovo — Poor govern-ance and slow economic growth continue to be major obstacles in the process of the Euro-Atlantic integration of western Balkan countries. This is the outcome of a report, which the British politician John Sewel, in his function of the Rapporteur for the Committee on Economics and Security, recently presented to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly: "The road … is rocky, and only Croatia seems close to achieving the basic qualifications … The others face daunting challenges … These include the debt crisis, problems of governance and corruption … and enlargement fatigue among some EU governments and their publics." Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Opinion, Balkans, Brussels, EU, Korrik Sofalia, Kosovo, NATO, Poverty, Prishtina, Pristina, Serbia, Sewel, SHIK, Thaci
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Kosovo daily Koha Ditore commented on the first hundred days of the 2nd. Thaci government: Compared to the 100 days of Thaci’s first mandate the current Government drafted less laws and took fewer decisions. The Prime Minister’s official visits abroad were less and fewer official guests visited Kosovo. During these hundred days the Government couldn’t ensure a new recognition for Kosovo’s independence. The main increase refers to the number of Government officials: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Media Reports, Opinion, IMF, Kosova, Prishtina, PTK, Thaci
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Kosovo Parliament today held a session on the ICTY trial against former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. As to Kosovar media, the parliament unanimously adopted the recommendations initiated by the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo – AAK – on the partial retrial of its chairman, who currently is arrested at The Hague for alleged war crimes. The Deputy Head of the AAK, former Kosovo Labour Minister Ahmet Isufi, stated he believes "in the innocence of Mr. Haradinaj and his comrades, and in the fight of the Kosovo Liberation Army". Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Media Reports, AAK, Harajdina, ICTY, Isufi, KLA, Kosovo, Thaci, The Hague, UCK
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton on Friday finished her Balkans tour in Kosovo. In Prishtina Ashton was welcomed first by Xavier de Marnhac, the Head of the EU rule-of-law mission (EULEX) in Kosovo. Later on she met Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Edita Tahiri, the head of the Kosovar negotiation team at the EU mediated talks of Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels. Finally she gathered with Prime Minister Hashim Thaci for a working lunch in the southern Kosovar town of Prizren. As to Kosovar media, the meeting lasted one hour longer than scheduled. Diplomatically the visit was a success for the Thaci government. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Media Reports, Ashton, Belgrade, Brussels, EU, Kosovo, Marnhac, Mladic, News, Politics, Prishtina, Pristina, Prizren, Serbia, Tadic, Tahiri, Thaci, Trade, UN, Visa
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The EU tourism continues. Kosovo dailies report, that the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, intends to meet the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in Kosovo’s capital city Prishtina on 27th May – only one week after the visit of European Commission president Barroso. Likewise Barroso, also Ashton is expected to address the EU backed technical dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels – as well as to encourage an agreement between the two parties. Prior to Kosovo, Ashton meets Serbia’s official’s a day before in Belgrade.
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Filed under: Media Reports, Opinion, Ashton, Barroso, Belgrade, Brussels, Cyprus, EU, Jahjaga, Kosova, Kosovo, Prishtina, Pristina, Serbia, Thaci
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The parliament of the Republic of Kosovo approved the 2010 report of Kosovo’s Anti-Corruption Agency. The docu- ment was already published on 24th March. Reportedly oppositional political parties used the according parliament session to criticize government officials, on this regard not to have fulfilled their duties: Despite an announced “zero tolerance” approach, corruption and graft remained on the same level of former years or even increased. According to the Agency corruption refers to most Kosovar institutions. It includes senior officials and ministers.
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Filed under: Economy, Media Reports, Corruption, Kosovo, Parliament, Petreni, Thaci
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The President of the European Commission (EC), Jose Manuel Barroso together with EU Commissioner Stefan Fule visited the Republic of Kosovo today. In Prishtina Barroso and Fule met Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. After the meetings Barroso launched the following statement: "The purpose of my visit is clear: I am here to confirm our strong commitment to Kosovo’s Euro-pean perspective. The Commission will continue to help Kosovo on ‘the road to Europe’. We have provided substantial financial assistance and political advice over the last decade, and we will keep supporting you. Today, Kosovo is the biggest recipient per capita of EU assistance in the whole world."
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Filed under: Media Reports, Barroso, EU, Europe, Jahjaga, Kosovo, Thaci
PRISTINA, Kosovo — As to Kosovar media the President of the European Commission, the Portuguese Jose Manuel Barroso, intends to pay a visit to Kosovo on Friday (the 20th. May). Reportedly Barroso will have meetings with the Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. In addition the EC president is said to visit the mainly Serb populated Kosovar municipality of Gracanica in order to lay the foundation stone for the construction of the municipality’s assembly building.
Filed under: Economy, Media Reports, Barroso, Brussels, EU, Europe, ICTY, Jahjaga, Kosovo, News, Politics, Serbia, Thaci, Trade