The report is published “Rule of Law: Capacities and Functioning of institutions”

The report is published “Rule of Law: Capacities and Functioning of institutions”

The report is published “Rule of Law: Capacities and Functioning of institutions”

November 2010 – Since the declaration of independence, policy making has become part of the responsibility of local institutions. In this case, so far with the development of this work it is dictated (non) efficiency and (non) achievement of the EPAP’s performance in the relevant sectors. The implementation of the EPAP’s by Kosovo institutions in the field of fighting trafficking with human beings shows that there has been success in drafting the strategy and plans, and partly in reaching agreements with the neighbors.   But, there is stagnation in strengthening institutional capacity, such as the employment of additional police staff in the anti-trafficking unit. Also, there have been no successful moves in reaching agreements with all regional states to fight this phenomenon mainly for political reasons.  While there is progress in capacity building, time factor compliance has not happened in most cases. It was found that it is worrying the fulfillment of objectives and actions of the EPAP’s by the Directorate for Economic Crime and Corruption. Raising the organizational level has also influenced to increase the capacity of the staff in this department. Also, centralization has affected to the avoidance of reporting lines, simplifying them, and the concentration of human and technical resources during the stock.

However, inadequate and little advanced trainings have effected to the staff not to have high knowledge about investigating and fighting economic crimes. Although many trainings have been carried out so far, the vacuum of efficiency lies in the parting of personnel, and this not only has a direct impact on the work of the unit, but also in the local budget, as there is a need for training of new members resulting in new expenses. As far as the budget is concerned, care should be taken by all relevant institutions and civil society that this Directorate has sufficient means.

Although this unit has been equipped with numerous tools of technology, but there is still a lack of modern tools in proportion to the number of personnel. The use of Court Liaison Offices by Serbian citizens is at the lowest level. These liaison offices are spending budget, while on the other hand are not functional. With the improvement of freedom of movement, Serbian citizens also use municipal courts to address their issues.

Therefore, there should be an assessment by the institutions about the existence of these offices.

The Republic of Kosovo is not establishing bilateral relations in the area of rule of law, in particular international legal cooperation and extradition as a result of the lack of international cooperation in justice. In this regard, to increase this cooperation, greater political commitment is needed in concretizing the agreements.

Lack of cooperation, taking into account the potential number of attendees abroad and within the territory, creates comprehensive consequences: financial and institutional that results also with our country stop’s in international integrations. For mainly political reasons, in many cases in establishing relationships with neighboring countries, key role play international institutions represented in Kosovo, means that institutions of the country are often excluded from these processes.

Based on research from these four areas, it can be said that little work was done on capacity building and the functioning of mechanism in the area of rule of law.