Kosovo's ability to fulfill the Council of Europe membership criteria: A comparative perspective
Diona Kusari
/ Categories: Publikimet

Kosovo's ability to fulfill the Council of Europe membership criteria: A comparative perspective

June 2014

This policy report, thus, makes two interrelated arguments. First, it underscores the benefits of Kosovo's accession to the CoE, highlighting that membership is in the interest of both Kosovo's citizens but also in the interest of the CoE itself. CoE will never be able to fully accomplish its mission of promoting democracy and human rights in Europe if, as has hitherto been the case, there is a corner of the continent over which the European Court of Human Rights has no jurisdiction and cannot hear cases brought by the Europeans that live there. Second, this policy report provides a comparative analysis of where Kosovo stands vis-à-vis other CoE and non-CoE members in terms of fulfilling the membership criteria. The report purposefully uses quantitative data from widely used and respected academic resources in order to make the claim that Kosovo does fulfill CoE membership criteria and, moreover, that in all of the key indicators for these criteria, Kosovo performs just as well as - and sometimes even better than - many recent CoE member states. In doing so, moreover, the paper also critically analyzes the latest report by the CoE Assembly Member Bjorn von Sydow on “The situation in Kosovo and the role of the Council of Europe”, highlighting the areas where the report is unnecessarily critical of Kosovo's institutions as well as the areas where significant improvements have been achieved since the von Sydow report 4 was written.

Previous Article Political obligations in Kosovo
Next Article Kosovo towards Council of Europe Membership: Compliance of legislation with membership criteria
Print
2484 Rate this article:
No rating
Programs
  • Foreign Politics
Publication Year
  • 2016
Latest Publications
 
An Overview of Policies and Efforts on P/CVE in the Western Balkans (III) 04 July 20220

An Overview of Policies and Efforts on P/CVE in the Western Balkans (III)

Countries around the world have been hit by the phenomenon of violent extremism and foreign fighters, and the Western Balkans was no exception.

This policy analysis aims to shed light on how six Western Balkan countries have dealt with preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). It is intended to be the third and final in a series on this issue. More specifically, this analysis provides a regional statistical comparison of convictions for terrorism and participation in foreign conflicts, as well as an overview of the challenges faced by the six Western Balkan countries in preventing and combating violent extremism.
Newsletter of our 2022 activities regarding the Resilient Community Program 30 June 20220

Newsletter of our 2022 activities regarding the Resilient Community Program

In 2021, PIPS joined the Resilient Community Consortium alongside Advocacy, Training, Resource Center, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and Peer Educators Network. As part of this consortium, PIPS’ aim is to raise awareness and increase the understanding of the policymakers and other actors on R&R (Rehabilitation and Reintegration) and P/CVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism). From December 2021 to July 2022 PIPS has organized one seminar, one public discussion and published two policy papers.

For more information read the newsletter here.
Green Entrepreneurship - Changemaker in the Western Balkans 29 June 20220

Green Entrepreneurship - Changemaker in the Western Balkans

As the six Balkan countries are transforming their policies and becoming less carbon-intensive, promoting a green economy and green businesses is just the first component of transforming their economies.

The green economy framework promotes coherence between economic and environmental policies and further support the SDGs that are meant to be integrated with sustainable development.

Green businesses, also known as sustainable enterprises, aim to strike a balance between profit and resource sustainability.

This Policy Brief aims to explain the challenges of the Western Balkans in promoting a green economy and green businesses as the first step in transforming their economies.
Green groups and their role in the parliament’s green agenda 29 June 20220

Green groups and their role in the parliament’s green agenda

Once considered radical outsiders, the Greens are nowadays claiming an increasingly important role in mainstream politics, particularly in Europe.
Coupled with the urgency of climate change and the loss of support for traditional viewpoints, the Greens worldwide
have moved from single-issue environmental groups to inclusive political groups capable of developing and monitoring policies for key state institutions.

Thus, more and more people are supporting green policies, but who are the Greens, and what do they represent
in today’s politics? This Policy Brief aims to explain what the purpose of these green groups is and their role in the parliament's green agenda.
RSS