Citizens' mindset towards political questions

June 2021

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"The Citizens' Mindset towards Political Questions" survey was first published by the Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS), in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Office in Prishtina.

The survey aims to produce credible results that will be useful to those involved in the field, i.e. political parties, decisionmakers, policymakers, scholars, analysts and others.

The results of the survey are divided into two parts: Perspectives on the state's relationship with the economy and individual freedoms, as well as perspectives on politics and political participation.

Summary report on Kosovo’s public administration reform

June 2021

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For Kosovo as a new state, an efficient and accountable public administration is a crucial portion of democratic governance and state functioning. Reforming and improving the functioning of public administration has been a key issue in the EU-Kosovo relations in the recent years.

This summary report aims to reflect and discuss on the situation of the public administration reforms in Kosovo in the recent years, through focusing on the documents and strategies that have been approved during this period. Furthermore, the report will analyze the key achievements and implementation level of PAR thus far and suggest recommendations for the new Government of Kosovo to implement, based on the main challenges that need to be addressed.

This report has been prepared as part of the project "Strengthening Transparency and Accountability for Reforms" implemented by PIPS and Lëvizja FOL, and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo.

Real Estate in Kosovo - Opening the market with the EU

May 2021

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Foreigners in Kosovo can only own real estate if they acquire ownership through inheritance. Given Kosovo's aim to join the European Union(EU), this situation is changing. The Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the EU foresees the opening of the Kosovo real estate market to citizens and companies of EU member states.

Despite the clear provisions of the SAA in this regard, in practice this market opening is challenged in principle by the current legal framework for property rights and their implementation in Kosovo.

This study analyzes the legal framework, challenges and expected impact, and provides recommendations.

A brief discussion on the relevance of Title II of the SAA and the Political Dialogue between Kosovo and the European Union (EU)

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"A brief discussion on the relevance of Title II of the SAA and the Political Dialogue between Kosovo and the European Union (EU)" argues the importance of utilizing Title II for Political Dialogue for Kosovo to achieve EU support in consolidating the external dimensions through cooperation with the EU, on the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement.

Beyond the importance that is given to the dialogue on the normalization of Kosovo-Serbia relations in Title II, this chapter offers untapped potential for other forms of cooperation between Kosovo and the EU.

This publication analyzes Kosovo's setbacks in utilizing this potential and provides recommendations on how to proceed in future endeavors.

This publication is published in the framework of the PIPS Foreign Policy Analysis Program (FPAP). The publication was produced with the support of the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation.

Reform of the inspection system in Kosovo

April 2021

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The business environment in Kosovo is overseen by over 30 inspectorates, which are established from year to year in a disorganized manner and without unique, coherent and well-coordinated policies.

The SAA requires Kosovo to implement with priority the reforms for approximation with the EU market, within three to five years of its implementation. The reform of the inspections system has been part of the common political priorities for the implementation of the SAA, through the European Reform Agenda (ERA), since November 2016, when the ERA was approved by the Government.

This policy analysis addresses this reform in three aspects. First, the current situation regarding this reform is described. Second, the shortcomings and challenges that its implementation may face are identified. Third, concrete proposals are given.

Stalled normalisation between Kosovo and Serbia: What is the Way Forward?

January 2021

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The latest publication of PIPS addresses the topic of normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. The publication is organized through a special format, which summarizes the main points of three separate discussions with experts on the topics of the Association of Serb Majority Municipalities, Transitional Justice and Dealing with the Past, as well as Foreign Policy and Regional Cooperation.

Annual Survey International Politics and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

December 2020

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'International Politics and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue: Perceptions of Kosovo Citizens' is published on an annual basis under the Foreign Policy Analysis Program (FPAP), which is one of the main PIPS programs. This is the third edition of the survey, published in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) office in Prishtina.

The purpose of this edition of the survey is to provide data and results on public perceptions of Kosovar citizens on: International politics and international actors, a section which provides data on perceptions in relation to international politics and regional and global actors, including countries and international organizations & The process of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, more precisely the perceptions of Kosovar citizens about the Washington Agreement, the association of Serb Majority municipalities and reaching a final agreement for the normalization of relations between the two countries.
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