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EUinKosovo  The official account of EU Office in Kosovo/EUSR, led by Nataliya Apostolova, which plays pivotal role in realising European agenda for Kosovo.

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A report on media freedom and journalists safety was launched in Pristina. Hosting the event, the Association of Journalists of #Kosovo highlighted that 24 cases of threats, acts of violence and other incidents were reported in 2017.

Riccardo Serri, Head of Political, Economic and European Integration Section at the #EU Office/EU Special Representative discussed the role of the media in the EU integration process adding that respecting media freedom is key towards establishing democracy.

Presenting their point of view in the launch were judiciary officials who reiterated the importance to investigate threats and acts of violence against journalists, tackling impunity in dealing with attacks.

The second edition of the report was supported by the EU funded project Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety.

A new twinning project was launched today to develop the professional capacities of the #Kosovo National Audit Office regarding audit of Publicly Owned Enterprises (POEs). Riccardo Serri, Head of Political, Economic and European Integration Section, at the #EU Office/EU Special Representative said:
“I am glad to launch the twinning project which provides support to the National Audit Office. An accountable, transparent and efficient public administration is what EU requires and what Kosovo is striving for.” The twinning project brings the Polish National Audit Office together with experts from UK National Audit Office to give first-hand experience from their home administration expertise. Together with the National Audit Office and other government institutions, they will review the current situation on legal, organisational and methodological issues.

The Council of Europe and European Union held a round table on codes of conduct in higher education.

This is one of activities of the Action “Strengthen Integrity and Combat Corruption in Higher Education” funded by the European Union and co - funded and implemented by the Council of Europe under the ‘Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey’.

The #EU Information and Cultural Centre in Pristina screened the documentary “Five Broken Cameras” by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi to launch its newest campaign on Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights for the month of November. "Five Broken Cameras" is a Palestine-Israeli coproduction and a documentation of daily lives of the Palestinian people and their struggle to exercise fundamental rights, while being awarded in various film festivals worldwide, including the Best Documentary Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The EUICC was honored to have as a special guest #Dokufest Artistic Director, Veton Nurkollari, to discuss on the importance of free media, their impact in public awareness, and using it as a tool to promote social activism. “Freedom of speech is the most important thing for a country to achieve. Promotion of free media and social activism has always been Dokufest’s first goal,” said Nurkollari.

As part of the EUICC campaign on Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, the #EU Information and Cultural Centre in North Mitrovica organized a master class with Milan Radonjić from #BIRN and Željko Tvrdišić from Kontakt Plus, focusing on pivotal role of media in upholding the rule of law. The aim of the event was to empower the freedom of media and their impact on this fundamental process, as well as to analyze all aspects and issues regarding the rule of law in #Kosovo from a journalistic perspective and to provide the participants with an overview on the importance of freedom of press and rule of law progress in the region.

Head of the #EU Office/EUSR, Nataliya Apostolova discussed with Kosovo authorities the European Reform Agenda concerning rule of law & good governance, organised by Balkans Policy Research Group. Ambassador Apostolova highlighted that through 🇪️🇷️🇦️ fulfilment, Kosovo can demonstrate its genuine commitment to certain high standards relating to combating criminality as well as functioning of ⚖️judiciary.

Informal economy in Kosovo has slightly shrunk, according to the results of an assessment published yesterday in Prishtina/Pristina.

Presenting the findings together with the Ministry of Finance, Nataliya Apostolova, Head of EU Office/EU Special Representative reiterated that improvements are a direct result of the reforms undertaken by the government and the Tax and Customs administrations. 
But, the findings also point out that more than 400 million euros are not accounted for by the official statistics. “We do expect from government institutions to take seriously the findings of this assessment and take immediate actions towards necessary improvements,” said Apostolova.

The assessment was conducted through the EU funded project “Further support to Kosovo institutions in the fight against organized crime, corruption and violent extremism” and has used the same methodology as in 2007 and 2014 thus enabling to compare trends on the topic. The process was led by the Ministry of Finance and coordinated between other line ministries, independent government agencies, and the Central Bank of Kosovo among others.

Informal economy remains one of the priority areas in the European Reform Agenda, Economic Reform Program, and in the same time it is an issue tackled in the Stabilisation Association Agreement between the EU and Kosovo.

Kosovo Academy for Public Safety (#KAPS) and the #EU funded Twinning Project “Further Support to Public Education in Kosovo" presented the achievements of the first project phase under which the new vocational training curricula were brought up to European standards. In presence of Minister of interior Affairs Flamur Sefaj, the deputy head of Cooperation Section in the EU Office/EUSR, Libor Chlad reiterated the importance of an integrated approach to education in the area of public safety and honoured all those who chose to stand on the side of law and justice.

HoO/EUSR Apostolova received Lamberto Zannier in his new capacity as the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. Ambassador Apostolova confirmed the commitment of the EU Office/EU Special Representative in Kosovo for advancing language rights of minority communities, increase their access to education at all levels, further strengthen the Office of Language Commissioner, improve access to justice and encourage legislation implementation. The EU Office/EU Special Representative will continue its cooperation with the OSCE mission in addressing these issues.

The European Union in Kosovo launched on Wednesday consultation with the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) on 2018 Progress Report.

The discussions will cover all policy areas. The consultation is in line with European Union’s commitment to ensure that Kosovo civil society can provide independent, meaningful and substantial views for the Kosovo Progress Report 2018.

The publication of the report is planned for April 2018 and it covers the period from October 2016 to February 2018. The last Progress Report was published in November 2016.

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