Measuring Rule of Law in Public Administration in Kosovo Municipalities

Jun 1, 2016


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On 24 May the pilot-project “Measuring Rule of Law in Public Administration in Kosovo Municipalities” with a focus on social housing, funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and implemented by UNDP Kosovo in close cooperation with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, through the local NGO - FOL Movement, held its Final Ceremony to celebrate the pilot-project’s successful conclusion.   
Through a competitive selection process, the pilot-project enabled four beneficiary municipalities (municipalities of Gjakovë/Djakovica, Istog/Istok, Kamenicë/Kamenica, and Lipjan/Ljipljan) to undergo a self-assessment and identify their own administrative issues and legislative challenges with regards to central and local laws governing the services they provide to families in need of social housing. The self-assessment tool administered in this project is co-developed by the donor of the project – the FBA, in collaboration with UNDP, and is based on the six commonly accepted principles derived from international human rights law - namely legality, accessibility, right to be heard, right to appeal, transparency and accountability.
The panel of this Final Ceremony was co-chaired by Mr. Andrew Russell, UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo, Mr. Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger, Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, and by Mr. Richard Sannerholm, Head of the Rule of Law Programme, Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). Other panel members included Mr. Ramë Hamzaj, Head of the Housing Division, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP), Mrs. Mimoza Kusari-Lila, Mayor of the Municipality of Gjakovë/Djakovica, Mr. Haki Rugova, Mayor of the Municipality of Istog/Istok, Mr. Begzad Sinani, Mayor of the Municipality of Kamenicë/Kamenica, and Mr. Sefer Tasholli, Deputy-Mayor of the Municipality of Lipjan/Ljipljan. The ceremony was attended by representatives of various central and local institutions of Kosovo, by representatives of various Embassies in Kosovo, by judges of the Special Chamber of the Supreme Court from EULEX, and by members of multiple international organizations working in Kosovo. 
During the event, the pilot-project’s Final Report was shared with partners, representatives of the beneficiary municipalities, central institutions, and with invited guests from various international and local institutions and NGOs. 
The ceremony’s panel members expressed their satisfaction with the pilot-project’s results and findings communicated in the Final Report, and with the manner through which this pilot-project helped them identify challenges related to policies at the central and local-level institutions, and in the municipalities’ administrative processes when addressing their residents’ social housing needs. 

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