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Foreign Politics
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Foreign Politics

The Foreign Policy Analysis Program (FPAP) was established by the Pristina Institute for Political Studies in 2014. The program aims to analyze and support Kosovo's Euro-Atlantic integration, producing studies on regional, European and global developments, as well as their effects on Kosovo's international position.

In a closer look, the program aims to reinforce the debate that serves Kosovo's full integration within the international system, to increase transparency in Kosovo's foreign policy towards citizens, to facilitate the policy-making process for decision-makers, and to enhance capacities of Kosovar diplomacy.

Through qualitative research the program is dedicated to serve as a bridge between Government officials, policymakers, citizens, diplomats, journalists, scholars, and others. The FPAP is the first and most prominent foreign policy research program in Kosovo.

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Publication of "International Politics and Political Parties: Perceptions of Kosovo citizens"

Publication of "International Politics and Political Parties: Perceptions of Kosovo citizens"

3 April 2019

On 2nd of April Prishtina Institute for Political Studies published the annual survey “International Politics and Political Parties: Perceptions of Kosovo citizens”. The survey was published through the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). The panel of the event consisted of Leonora Kryeziu (PIPS Executive Director), Granit Tërnava (KAS), Arben Hajrullahu (University of Prishtina) and Butrint Berisha (PIPS).

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Publication of "Annual Review of Kosovo's Foreign Policy"

Publication of "Annual Review of Kosovo's Foreign Policy"

28 October 2018

On 26th of October Pristina Institute for Political Studies published "The Annual Review of Kosovo’s Foreign Affairs", which is drafted for the first time by Prishtina Institute for Political Studies. The annual report drafted by PIPS discusses all important aspects of Kosovo’s foreign policy and state recognition, including bilateral and multilateral recognition, EU integration and normalization of relations with Serbia in 2018.

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PIPS publishes policy-paper "Law on Foreign Policy of the Republic of Kosovo and its implementation"

PIPS publishes policy-paper "Law on Foreign Policy of the Republic of Kosovo and its implementation"

5 October 2018

Pristina Institute for Political Studies organized the roundtable where the policy-paper "Law on Foreign Policy of the Republic of Kosovo and its implementation" was published. The panel of the roundtable consisted of: Valdet Sadiku (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Fitore Pacolli (Committee for Foreign Affairs, Diaspora and Strategic Investment). Butrint Berisha from PIPS presented the key findings of the report.

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Mapping the effects of Covid-19 in international politics 30 September 20200

Mapping the effects of Covid-19 in international politics

Although the technological and scientific advancements of the recent decades have improved human's ability to respond to diseases such as Covid-19, their consequences are far from muted, thereby the coronavirus has been an important factor behind recent changes in the realm of diplomacy and relations between governments and international organizations. The key questions revolving around such a puzzle pertain to the geopolitical implications that have been produced to the current global order and international actors. This short paper maps several effects that Covid-19 has produced on international politics thus far. This document lists three fields in which Covid-19 can produce substantial impact: the relations between the US and China, the ideas of globalization and armed conflict and political violence.

Kosovo's membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) 23 September 20200

Kosovo's membership in the World Health Organization (WHO)

Membership in the WHO is part of the current Government Program 2020-2023 and has been mentioned sporadically since the declaration of independence in 2008, nevertheless Kosovo has never applied for accession. Based on the latter, this short paper will discuss the chances of Kosovo's membership in the World Health Organization (WHO). It proceeds by offering a short discussion in respect to Kosovo's multilateral efforts until this point, as one of the key pillars of its foreign policy. 

Mask Diplomacy and Kosovo's Foreign Assistance 04 August 20200

Mask Diplomacy and Kosovo's Foreign Assistance

Combating the pandemic through delivering assistance, has become the cornerstone of diplomatic action. To this end, since the pandemic outbreak, the diplomatic activity of states and multilateral organizations has been largely focused on finding the best alternatives to secure or deliver cross-border assistance. This short document will dwell into some of these effects, more concretely on how foreign assistance has impacted international politics thus far. Apart from a general discussion, the document focuses more extensively in the case of Kosovo.

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Energy and Environment

 
Energy and Environment
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Energy and Environment

PIPS has been engaged in research, capacity building and advocacy in the field of energy and the environment for a number of years. Since 2012 PIPS has been part of the Regional Public Dialogue Initiative, supported by the GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe-Energy Efficiency, which aims to raise public debate on energy efficiency and climate protection in the seven Balkan states.

During these years, PIPS has organized a number of events (parliamentary hearings, roundtables, workshops, regional exchanges) and has also published policy reports, contributing to public dialogue on the aforementioned topics, advocating to policy makers and increasing the awareness of media and NGOs, civil society, providing recommendations for next steps and enhancing regional and cross-sectorial cooperation.

In the period 2017-2020 PIPS has collaborated with members of the Kosovo Assembly, partners, energy and urban mobility experts, MPs from the region, and MEPs in carrying out a number of activities aimed at enhancing MP capacities and the growing debate on the topics of energy efficiency and urban mobility. Activities under this project have intensified discussions in the Assembly of Kosovo and between the Assembly and civil society on environmental protection, sustainable development, and the development of environmental policies in line with EU Directives and Kosovo's obligations as a contracting state in the Energy Community. This engagement initiated the discussion on the establishment of the Green Group of Deputies in the Assembly of Kosovo, which was achieved in April 2019.

Further, in 2019, recognizing the need for qualitative reporting by Kosovar media on issues of energy efficiency, sustainable energy and climate change, PIPS has begun implementing the project "Capacity Building of Kosovar Journalists in the Field of Energy and Environment".

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Closing event of the Program for journalists in the field of energy and environment and awarding of prizes for the best articles

Closing event of the Program for journalists in the field of energy and environment and awarding of prizes for the best articles

1 December 2020

On December 1, PIPS concluded its one-year commitment as part of the Program for Journalists in the fields of Energy and Environment.

As part of this program, PIPS through the support of GIZ, during this year has held a seminar on energy and sustainable environmental planning, a workshop on environmental reporting and has organized a competition for the best articles on energy and environmental issues.
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Environmental journalists meet with the Green Caucus of Kosovar MPs

Environmental journalists meet with the Green Caucus of Kosovar MPs

27 November 2020

On November 27, journalists participating in the PIPS Program for journalists in energy and environment met with the Group Caucus of MPs.

Journalists had the opportunity to get informed about the short-term and long-term objectives of the group and their commitment to environmental protection, and its prioritization on the national agenda.

Furthermore, the discussion covered the issue of hydropower plants and the energy situation in the country, the orientation of development policies towards sustainability and raising awareness regarding Kosovar media coverage of environmental issues.
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Workshop on environmental reporting with Kosovo journalists

Workshop on environmental reporting with Kosovo journalists

25 October 2020

From 13 to 20 October 2020, we organized an environmental reporting workshop with German journalist Dirk Asendorpf and a group of Kosovar journalists profiled in research and writing on environmental issues. During these four sessions Kosovar journalists had the posssibility to learn about the history of environmental reporting, current challenges, best practices, reporting angles, presenting stories and hear about experiences of the facilitator.

 

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SUMP – A Joint Commitment: Towards an overarching institutional coordination and policy development in drafting and implementing SUMPs 30 September 20190

SUMP – A Joint Commitment: Towards an overarching institutional coordination and policy development in drafting and implementing SUMPs

This paper gives a brief explanation of the benefits a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) could have for cities, as well as explore the possibilities of how the National Level, i.e. Members of the Parliament, could directly or indirectly support and facilitate the implementation of SUMPs in cities.

Targeting rural energy poverty through renewable energy in developing countries -  Literature review and recommendations 05 March 20190

Targeting rural energy poverty through renewable energy in developing countries -  Literature review and recommendations

Having access to energy is associated with better health services, education and more developed industries. Due to the remoteness of rural areas, these communities often do not have access to modern energy sources and are not connected to energy grids. This contributes to poverty, lack of health services, and low education levels. Using literature review and case studies, this paper will look at the connection between energy and development, the challenges of energy access for rural areas, and how and if RET projects can be designed to tackle energy poverty in these areas. 

Kosovo's obligations in the field of energy efficiency and harmonization with the Stabilization and Association Agreement 28 June 20180

Kosovo's obligations in the field of energy efficiency and harmonization with the Stabilization and Association Agreement

This report presents a summary of the analyses and findings on the reform process in the field of energy efficiency and its relation to the European Agenda implementation process. This assessment is based on relevant documents from international agreements, the Berlin Process, obligations derived from the Energy Community Treaty, the process of transposition of EU Directives concerning energy efficiency, the Energy Strategy of the Republic of Kosovo, Kosovo Energy Efficiency Action Plan, the Action Plan for the Implementation of Key Priorities from the European Reform Agenda, and commitments as part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement. 

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European integration

 
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European integration

For PIPS, the integration of Kosovo and the entire Western Balkans region into the European Union is seen as a precondition for improving the lives of people and better-functioning of the institutions. For this reason, PIPS is actively involved in the process of fulfilling European standards by Kosovar institutions, through monitoring, providing recommendations or organizing capacity building trainings.

The purpose of this pillar is to the quick and effective implementation of Acquis Communautaire, as well as enhancing the capacities Kosovo institutions ready to fulfill their obligations that derive from this document. In the past PIPS worked on promoting the Stabilization and Association Agreement, while currently working on overseeing the implementation of European Reform Agenda (ERA) by the Kosovo institutions. For the implementation of the activities of this program PIPS cooperates with the EU Office in Pristina, the Ministry of European Integration (MEI), but also other organizations and institutions.

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Discussion and publication of the analysis on the second phase of rationalization of agencies and regulators in Kosovo

Discussion and publication of the analysis on the second phase of rationalization of agencies and regulators in Kosovo

25 November 2020

On November 25, PIPS published the analysis on the second phase of rationalization of agencies and regulators in Kosovo. Together with representatives from key institutions involved in this reform - the assembly, the ministry of public administration and the agencies we discussed the opportunities for the second phase.

As part of the political priorities agreed between Kosovo and the EU in 2016, for the implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, the implementation of the first phase of this reform has not been completed, and consequently there are delays in the implementation of the second phase, which according to the action plan for the implementation of the whole reform, was intended to be completed by the end of this year.
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Tryeza e diskutimit me temën "Agjenda për Reforma Evropiane (ERA) në sektorin e punësimit"

Tryeza e diskutimit me temën "Agjenda për Reforma Evropiane (ERA) në sektorin e punësimit"

11 November 2019

Instituti i Prishtines per Studime Politike, Group for Legal and Political Studies dhe Instituti GAP mbajtën më 11 Nëntor tryezën e diskutimit me titullin: “Agjenda për Reforma Evropiane (ERA) në sektorin e punësimit”.

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Roundtable discussion "Implementation of the European Reform Agenda (ERA)" and expectations for ERA 2"

Roundtable discussion "Implementation of the European Reform Agenda (ERA)" and expectations for ERA 2"

14 March 2019

On 14 March 2019, Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS), Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) and GAP Institute have held a round-table discussion on "Implementation of the European Reform Agenda (ERA)" and expectations for ERA 2". Our panelists were Dhurata Hoxha - Minister of European Integration, Nataliya Apostolova - Head of EU Office in Kosovo and Gerrie Willems - Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kosovo.

 

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Reform of rationalization of agencies and regulators in Kosovo - Second phase 07 August 20200

Reform of rationalization of agencies and regulators in Kosovo - Second phase

This policy paper covers the implementation of the second phase of the reform of rationalization of executive agencies and regulators in Kosovo in order to contribute to its implementation. On the one hand, it assesses the state of play regarding the agencies of this phase. On the other hand, the paper discusses possible options for their rationalisation. 

Monitoring Report - Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo 30 November 20190

Monitoring Report - Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo

The publication covers: a section on the organizational structure and functioning of the EARK is provided, with reference to the legal basis and policy documents; the Agency's 2019 budget; achieving tangible results, especially through active labor market measures. The concluding section provides a summary of the publication and aspects that need to be addressed for further improvement of the EARK.

Monitoring Report - Action Plan for Rationalization of Executive Agencies and Regulators 01 July 20190

Monitoring Report - Action Plan for Rationalization of Executive Agencies and Regulators

The Action Plan for Rationalization of Independent Agencies was approved by the Government of Kosovo in 2017. This document is an obligation arising from the European Reform Agenda (ERA), a document derived from Kosovo's Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU. Also the SBS contract, the Financial Sector Support Agreement (SBS) between the Government and the European Commission through which the EC conditions the transfer of financial support tranches with progress throughout the rationalization process during 2018 and 2019 with the achievement of the objectives of this plan.

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Quality Governance

 
Quality Governance
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Quality Governance

The Quality Governance Program designs and implements projects that monitor the policy-making, decision-making and implementation process from the Kosovo institutions. The program is focused on ensuring high quality governance through respecting democratic standards, thereby benefiting the public interest and life of citizens. By doing so, we work with both national and local levels. Since 2020, with the support of Kingdom of Netherlands Embassy, PIPS is overseeing the implementation of the Government Program by the Kosovo institutions, in partnership with Lëvizja FOL. Special emphasis is drawn to the areas of public administration, European Agenda priorities and rule of law.

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Publication and discussion event on Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo

Publication and discussion event on Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo

11 July 2019

On July 7, the Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) published the policy analysis "Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo". The analysis drafted after a period of several months of research provides an overview of the current situation of public administration reform, namely the implementation of the rationalization of independent, executive and regulatory agencies.

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PIPS held the fourth Technical Assistance meeting

PIPS held the fourth Technical Assistance meeting

29 September 2016

PIPS, as part of the project “Strengthening local government capacities and increasing citizens' participation”, delivered the third Technical Assistance (TA) meeting with municipality of Graçanica/Gračanica dhe Parteš/Partesh. 

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PIPS held the third Technical Assistance meeting

PIPS held the third Technical Assistance meeting

26 September 2016

PIPS, as part of the project “Strengthening local government capacities and increasing citizens' participation”, delivered the third Technical Assistance (TA) meeting in the municipalities of Peja, Istog, Klina, Vushtrri and Gjilan. 

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Partitë politike - Funksioni dhe organizimi në shoqëritë demokratike 27 August 20200

Partitë politike - Funksioni dhe organizimi në shoqëritë demokratike

Ky libër i paraqet partitë politike si institucione qendrore të demokracisë moderne. Karakteristikat dhe funksionet e partive, elementi bazik i organizimit të tyre, konteksti politik dhe social, si dhe problemet e demokracisë së partisë dhe sfidat e veçanta që partitë ballafaqohen me to janë temat kryesore. Në libër PIPS prezantohet me punimin "Partitë politike në Kosovë". Vecanërisht, kjo pjesë ofron një analizë përshkruese të historikut që ka formësuar partitë politike në Kosovë që nga viti 1945, përshkruan partitë aktuale parlamentare dhe tiparet e tyre kryesore, diskuton aspektet ideologjike të partive politike dhe ndikimet e tyre mbi sistemin politik, duke u fokusuar vecanërisht në bashkëpunimin partiak pas vitit 1999.

Brochure on citizens' participation in municipal decision-making 29 January 20180

Brochure on citizens' participation in municipal decision-making

The purpose ofthis brochure is to demonstrate to members of municipal assembly, municipal officials, citizens and civil societyactivists the crucial importance ofpublic participation in deepening the democracyat the local government level.

Political obligations in Kosovo 07 July 20130

Political obligations in Kosovo

This study addresses the essence of state-society relations in Kosovo, that of political obligations. Combining an original analytical framework with rich empirical evidence, the study finds that political obligations are highly connected with the extent to which people's needs are met, their rights recognized and protected, and their agency and capabilities enabled.

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