‘Civic Society Anti-Corruption Response’, Croatia and Kosovo (2008)

The project implemented by SAR together with PSD Croatia and COHU Kosovo aimed to strengthen the ability of partner organizations to implement anti-corruption advocacy projects. The program monitored the entire process, from policy-making to research to advocacy.

Croatia

  • Report on conflicts of interest, distributed electronically to all stakeholders
  • Hold an international conference in May 2008, with the participation of all partners, to present the status quo on conflicts of interest, the mechanisms that can be used to disclose them and civil society involvement in projects that would increase civil servants’ responsibility
  • Advocacy activities regarding the campaing entitled “Yes for Parliament with Clean Hands”, implemented by BURA before the parliamentary elections. The campaign was shaped after the Coalition for a Clean Parliament
  • Activities for consolidating the BURA NGO network, coordinated by PSD – meetings, public events, discussions

Kosovo

  • Report regarding conflicts of interest, the efficiency of statal instruments against corruption (including research on two conflicts of interest programs  and assets statements), distributed electronically to all the stakeholders
  • International conference in April 2008. The participants list included SAR, COHU and MJAFT. The conference aimed to to present the status quo on conflicts of interest, the mechanisms that can be used to disclose them and civil society involvement in projects that would increase civil servants’ responsibility

Implemented from January 1, 2008 to December 15, 2008

 

Corruption and FDI in Kosovo

The goals of the project were: 1) Raising awareness about the damage that corruption as well as perceptions about its presence in our society cause to the process of attracting new foreign investments in Kosovo; 2) Support of Kosovo institutions in drafting more sophisticated platform for creating a better conditions, comparable with the countries in the region, for foreign investments; 3) Mobilizing social capacities in treatment of this phenomenon and contribution for development of an atmosphere where fighting corruption is considered as necessity.

Requesting the Ombudsperson to Act on the Infringement of Patients’ Rights in the University Clinic of Kosovo

The Group for Medical and Ecological Studies has initiated the procedure related to the findings and investigations done by the observers of the Group, at the specified clinics in the University Clinical Centre of Kosovo. The practices reported at the Ombudsperson Office contain elements of the violation of the discipline in work in the UCCK and a breach of the positive law on patient rights

Kosova Democratic Institute Publishes Report on Political Finance

The Kosova Democratic Institute (KDI) published earlier this month the report entitled Legislation and Practices in the Financing of Political Parties, developed as part of Transparency International’s CRINIS research project on political finance. The report highlights that finances of political parties in Kosovo continue to be characterized by lack of transparency and accountability, and that this has contributed to a generalized perception of political parties as the most corrupted political institutions in the country.

The publication analyzes last year’s financial reports of the six main political parties in Kosovo and assesses the country’s legislation on party finance and the performance of the main oversight body, the Central Election Commission (CEC). According to the assessment, regulation for book-keeping and scope of reporting by parties have good standards, whereas preventive measures, sanctions and efficiency of oversight by the CEC still need improvement.

The study also identified a gap between the legal framework for party finance and the actual practice by political parties, revealing a problem with the implementation of laws in this area. Another important conclusion stated in the document is the need for improvements in the regulation of funding by private donors and for the consolidation of the legal framework for political finance into a single piece of legislation.

Read the full article Political parties the ‘most corrupt institutions in Kosovo’ on reportingproject.net. The report is available on kdi-kosova.org.

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