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EP and Kosovo parliamentary committee hails EP vote on visa liberalisation

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 settembre 2018

MEPs and Members of the Assembly of Kosovo met in Pristina on 17-18 September 2018 for the 5th meeting of the EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.
The meeting, co-chaired by Mr Tonino PICULA (S&D, HR) and Mr Memli KRASNIQI (PDK, Kosovo), was marked by the EP vote last Thursday in favor of liberalizing visas for Kosovo, paving the way for Kosovo people to enter EU member states without a visa for up to 90 days. The landmark vote showed a clear political will in the European Parliament to support Kosovo on its path towards a visa free regime. Co-chairs have called on EU Members states to follow suit.Parliamentarians held in-depth and fruitful discussions on a number of important issues including the implementation of the EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement and visa liberalisation, the Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, the rule of law with a focus on the fight against corruption and organised crime, fundamental freedoms, fight against domestic violence and protection of minorities, war crimes and way towards reconciliation.The Co-Chairs agreed that progress in the process of normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is an essential principle which will underpin the development of relations and cooperation between them and the European Union. They stressed the importance of commitment and dedication by both sides to the EU-facilitated dialogue with a view of concluding a legally binding agreement on all outstanding issues.The Co-Chairs welcomed the adoption of a joint declaration and recommendations and expressed commitment to continue with the very good relations between the two parliaments.The 6th EU-Kosovo SAPC meeting shall take place in Strasbourg on 13-14 March, 2019.

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Civil liberties MEPs back visa waivers for Kosovo and Georgia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 settembre 2016

parlamento europeoPlans to grant citizens of Kosovo and Georgia the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa were backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. The Committee approved the visa waiver for Kosovo by 25 votes to 24 with 2 abstentions, and that for Georgia by 44 votes to 5. Following the abolition of visas for the citizens of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2009 and for Albania and Bosnia and Hercegovina in 2010, Kosovo was left isolated as the only Balkan country whose citizens still needed a visa to travel to the EU. It started the visa liberalisation process in 2012, four years after all the other countries in its neighbourhood.One of the 95 criteria the country should fulfil before obtaining the visa waiver is to ratify the border agreement with Montenegro, still pending.Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Tanja Fajon (S&D, SI), believes that lifting the visa requirements will send a powerful signal to Kosovars, so that the country does not lose its EU accession hopes and aspirations and thus pursues its stability and democratic reform efforts. Regarding the non-recognition issue (five EU countries do not recognize Kosovo), the draft legislation states that the abolition of visas does not affect the individual positions of the EU member states on Kosovo’s status.
The EU-Georgia visa liberalisation dialogue started in 2012 and by the end of 2015, the EU Commission had concluded that the country had fulfilled all the benchmarks. Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, believes that the visa waiver is an important instrument for stepping up economic and cultural relations and intensifying political dialogue, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms.More efforts are necessary, however, in areas such as freedom of the media, independence of the judiciary, the fairness of elections and increased participation of women and national minority representatives, says Ms Gabriel.
The Committee approved the opening of negotiations with the Council on the Georgia proposal (with 44 votes in favour, 5 against and 1 abstention), with a view to reaching an agreement at the first reading, as well as the composition of the negotiating team. On Kosovo, MEPs rejected starting talks with the Council, with 24 votes to 25.

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Ecoweek from Greece to Kosovo: teaching and learning

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 ottobre 2015

kosovoOn Saturday October 3, one month before the opening of the ECOWEEK conference in Thessaloniki, ECOWEEK held its international conference and workshop presentations in Pristina, Kosovo. Architecture students from the University of Prishtina ‘Hasan Prishtina’ presented proposals of design, design-build, and visionary design activist projects in selected locations in the city.This is the second international conference and sustainable design workshops ECOWEEK is organizing in Kosovo. The workshops of ECOWEEK, which last for one week, expose young Architecture students not only to the principles of sustainability and sustainable design, but also to the importance of locality and entrepreneurship as well. Students experience the development of social cohesion and mutual support, re-use of public space, restoration of life in abandoned places in the city and are empowered to dare to think, envision and do.
The modern history of Kosovo is more or less known. The country became independent in 2008, but has not been fully recognized by the world community. With unemployment reaching 45% and unemployment among young people exceeding 55%, the country’s economy is based by 15% from funds that come from migration – based on official data and by a larger percentage per unofficial estimates. Migration of young people and young professionals who flee the country in search of work and a better future in Europe. But given the current crisis of thousands of refugees moving from Syria to Europe, through Turkey and Greece, Europe has reached its limits in absorbing additional refugees. Whether they come from the Middle East or Eastern Europe or the Balkans.
So the question is how to address unemployment through sustainable design? One solution is to create new jobs to absorb the young professionals. According to the International Monetary Fund, the creation of new jobs in Kosovo are not enough to absorb young professionals. The solution proposed by ECOWEEK was to nurture entrepreneurship and empower young people to create themselves their employment through planning processes and initiating projects on their own. In addition to envisioning and shaping the future they want.
So, during the ECOWEEK workshop in Pristina., a team of architects, communication designers and internationally acclaimed artists, opened new perspectives for young architects. They guided them to discover their own way to act in their city, claiming, for example, the public space for pedestrians that has nearly disappeared from uncontrolled construction and the dominance of cars. To redefine the open space in which they live, creating welcoming meeting points, for rest and socializing. To reuse wisely ‘waste’ materials and give them new uses – instead of ending up in a landfill, a stream or a forest, threatening the natural wealth and biodiversity of the country. Learning from the traditional manufacturing techniques – almost identical to the techniques of the building guilds of the Balkans – for the use of local materials, including adobe and local passive solar solutions. One of the workshops dealt with proposals for the design info point in the park Germia northeast of Pristina, which the Municipality isinterested to build in collaboration with the local WWF.
In other words, by empowering and educating, young architects in Kosovo, ECOWEEK is assisting them in two ways: on one hand ECOWEEK offers young people in Kosovo a platform to develop their professional knowledge and skills and realize their potential in their own city, and their own country. Second, by strengthening the local community ECOWEEK is offering an alternative solution to migration, a huge problem currently facing all of Europe. Finally, this process of empowerment gives us an important lesson: by teaching we learn the value of entrepreneurship, courage and action, procedures which may also help also young people in Greece.

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World Bank Vice President Laura Tuck discusses medium-term development priorities in Kosovo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 marzo 2015

World_BankPRISHTINA. World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Laura Tuck visited Kosovo during March 12-13, 2015, to see first-hand Kosovo’s growth opportunities and development challenges and to open consultations with relevant stakeholders on the new Partnership Framework for Kosovo for 2016-20.During her visit, Tuck met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, and senior government officials, with Assembly Speaker, Kadri Veseli, and the heads of all parliamentary groups, as well as with representatives of other development donor organizations.“Creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty are a priority in Kosovo. The World Bank Group will continue to support Kosovo’s reforms aimed at making this happen and bringing the country closer to European living standards,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. “Improvements in education and in the business environment – critical to Kosovo’s efforts to boost economic growth and productivity, and to reduce its high unemployment – are some of the areas to be supported by the World Bank Group in the coming years.”Tuck also visited the outdated and polluting Kosovo A power plant near the capital Prishtina and met with officials working in the country’s energy sector, which remains the key obstacle to meeting Kosovo’s socioeconomic development objectives. The lack of energy security has large costs to business and prevents Kosovo from being able to attract high-quality direct investments to Kosovo on the scale and scope necessary to increase productivity in key sectors of the economy and to create new jobs.“Reliable and affordable energy is central to growth and poverty reduction, and the World Bank will continue to support Kosovo in developing a more efficient, modern, cleaner electricity system, with the aim of addressing Kosovo’s energy crisis in a comprehensive way,” said Tuck. “This involves seeking to balance energy security and energy affordability, while mitigating the adverse environmental, health, and social impacts on citizens.”The World Bank and the Government of Kosovo have recently signed a financing agreement for a US$31 million Kosovo Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project, which aims at reducing energy consumption and fossil fuel use in public buildings and demonstrating the economic viability of corresponding investments.It has also invested some US$14.7 million in environmental cleanup of the power plant area. Approximately 6,000 tons – over 300 truckloads – of high organic content materials (tars, benzene, phenols, methanol, and oily compounds) have been removed out of country and treated in licensed facilities and 15,000 tons of low level organic content materials have been treated locally. A wet ash handling system has been installed replacing the air polluting open handling system of ash. Over 85 percent of the ash dump with a surface of 243 hectares, created by over 50 years of operation of the coal-fired power plant, has been rehabilitated and 70 percent of the total overburden area, created from past mining operations, has been reclaimed. More than 150,000 plants have been planted in these re-cultivated overburden dumps. In addition, regular environmental monitoring of air, in the area of the power plants, has been established.The World Bank’s current program in Kosovo is anchored in its four-year Partnership Strategy 2012–15, which, in support of Kosovo’s EU integration objective, helps the country to (i) accelerate broad-based economic growth and employment generation; and (ii) improve environmental management.Today, there are seven active lending operations with commitments totaling US$129 million. These operations provide support in a wide array of sectors, including energy, education, public sector reform, cadastre, agriculture, social inclusion, and financial sector strengthening.
Since 1999, the World Bank has provided and/or managed roughly US$400 million to Kosovo through more than 30 operations.

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Fronte europeo per il Kosovo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 febbraio 2014

kosovoUna delegazione composta da quindici membri del Fronte Europeo per il Kosovo è partita stamani da Roma alla volta di Varsavia. Nella capitale polacca – in data sabato 15/02 – avrà luogo la manifestazione internazionale “Kosowo jest Serbskie”, promossa ed organizzata dagli Autonomi Nazionalisti Polacchi a sostegno delle minoranze serbe presenti nella regione del Kosovo e Metochia.L’appuntamento internazionale “Kosowo jest Serbskie” – giunto ormai alla sua terza edizione – quest’anno vedrà presente per la prima volta anche la delegazione romana del Fronte Europeo per il Kosovo. Ad aspettare i volontari della Capitale a Varsavia un’ulteriore delegazione del Fronte, proveniente dalla Repubblica Ceca, con cui dal 16 al 21/10/2013 i volontari romani sono stati impegnati in un’importante missione umanitaria nelle enclave serbe del Kosovo.

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Solidarietà per le minoranze etniche del Kosovo

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 gennaio 2011

CasaPound Italia, l’Uomo libero onlus e la comunità giovanile di Busto Arsizio in campo per le minoranze etniche del Kosovo. Si è conclusa con l’impegno a fornire entro maggio 2011 due generatori di corrente elettrica, uno scuolabus, un’automobile per il trasporto dei dializzati, vario materiale didattico e medico, un proiettore e del materiale sportivo la prima missione congiunta delle tre associazioni nella ex Jugoslavia, sulla quale oggi alle 14 andrà in onda uno speciale di Rbn, la web radio di CasaPound Italia (www.radiobandieranera.org).
La missione, nata nell’ambito del progetto ‘’Accendiamo la speranza’’, portato avanti in collaborazione con il ministero per Kosovo e Metohija (Belgrado) e l’Ambasciata Serba in Italia, intende offrire un aiuto concreto alle minoranze non albanesi che, dalla fine della guerra, vivono in uno stato di insicurezza costante: da un lato vittime di forti tensioni sociali di stampo etnico che sfociano quasi quotidianamente in atti di violenza, soprusi e ingiustizie, dall’altro ostaggio dell’ente albanese che gestisce la rete elettrica del paese. E proprio la questione della distribuzione dell’energia è cruciale: negli ultimi inverni case, scuole, ospedali di molte enclavi serbe hanno dovuto farne a meno anche per settimane, con le conseguenze facilmente immaginabili in termini di sicurezza e qualità della vita. E’ il caso ad esempio delle due strutture a cui sono destinati i generatori, la scuola di Osojane e l’ospedale di Silovo, l’unico ospedale serbo in tutto il sud-est del Kosovo, che serve 35.000 utenti tra mille difficoltà: rendere autosufficienti dal punto di vista energetico queste due strutture significa garantire il pieno esercizio dei diritti umani delle minoranze etniche, e in particolar modo di quelli relativi alla salute e all’educazione.
Un aiuto piccolo, ma concreto, che non esaurisce però la portata della missione, che intende anche accendere una luce su una tragedia di cui si parla molto poco e far conoscere le incredibili vessazioni che sta subendo la minoranza serba in uno Stato “nuovo”, non ancora riconosciuto da molte nazioni. Sottolinea il presidente di CasaPound Italia Gianluca Iannone: ‘’Ivo Andric, scrittore jugoslavo Nobel per la letteratura nel 1961, diceva: ‘E’ grave se qualcuno soffre, ma è ancor più grave se qualcuno soffre e nessuno se ne accorge’. Ecco, questo popolo fiero che lentamente, giorno dopo giorno, sta morendo con la sua terra, lo sta facendo di nascosto. Per questo in tutta Italia è nostro compito diffondere la vera storia della minoranza del Kosovo e fare il possibile per aiutarla, raccogliendo i fondi necessari ad acquistare il materiale promesso’’.

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Militari italiani in Kosovo

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 agosto 2010

Nel tardo autunno, il 1° reggimento della Brigata meccanizzata “Granatieri di Sardegna”, al comando del colonnello Carlo Emiliani, sarà impegnato in Kosovo, nell’operazione “Joint Entreprise; la compagnia “Dardo” in teatro libanese nell’operazione Leonte con la Brigata Pozzuolo del Friuli e, nel 2011, un affiancamento all’attività dell’OMLT, in Afghanistan, per l’addestramento delle forze armate afgane. Mentre, l’8°reggimento a cavallo, Lancieri di Montebello, sarà occupato in Strade sicure, a Roma e il 33° reggimento artiglieria, di stanza a l’Aquila, continuerà l’operazione “Gran Sasso” e strade sicure in Abruzzo. Per dimostrare di essere in grado di affrontare tali compiti, per i quali il personale militare è comunque sempre pronto, si è svolta a Monte Romano l’esercitazione denominata “Lost Holiday 2010, dal 26 al 31 luglio scorso. Monte Romano è il poligono di tiro, di 4600 ettari demaniali, situato nei pressi di Viterbo, in cui si sono svolte le varie attività operative, ad alcuna delle quali abbiamo potuto assistere, ospiti del comandante della Brigata “Granatieri di Sardegna”, generale Filippo Ferrandu.(fonte:  Cybernaua InformAction Magazine) (militari italiani)

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La questione del Kosovo

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 novembre 2009

Parma  12 novembre, a partire dalle ore 9, Aula Filosofi dell’Ateneo (Via Università, 12) organizzata dalla Facoltà di Scienze Politiche dell’Università di Parma, si terrà presso la Giornata di studio su “La questione del Kosovo: dalla ris. 1244 (1999) del Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite alla dichiarazione di indipendenza del  Alla giornata interverranno il Dott. Francesco Bastagli, Vice rappresentante del Segretario Generale delle Nazioni Unite e responsabile dell’amministrazione civile del Kosovo (2002-2005), il Gen. Fabio Mini, comandante della KFOR (2002-2003) e il Dott. Antonio Tanca, Capo dell’Unità Operativa DG E IX Gestione Civile della Crisi Consiglio dell’Unione europea. I relatori, con diretta esperienza sul campo, saranno a disposizione del pubblico.

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