Kosovo Anti-Corruption Report approved

Thaci-absentPRISTINA, Kosovo — The parliament of the Republic of Kosovo approved the 2010 report of Kosovo’s Anti-Corruption Agency. The document was already published on 24th March. Reportedly 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 level of former years. According to the Agency corruption refers to most Kosovar institutions. It includes senior officials and ministers.

The report says that public enterprises show the highest corruption levels, followed by central and municipal governmental entities and courts. Corruption is said to raise costs of more than 10m Euro yearly for the Kosovar economy.

Deputies of the Kosovo parliament requested to transfer more competencies to the Agency and provide further judicial support. In this context agency head Hasan Preteni at another occasion beforehand complained the missing adaption of several required  laws and legal acts, needed to enforce legal sanctions

As to Kosovar media, officials from the Kosovo Government remained absent during the debate – whereas a year before Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci was quoted as saying "I and the government I lead will be in the first line in the fight against corruption and organized crime in Kosovo."  KON/NK

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