Culture of Impunity Still Influences Kosovo Courts’ Corruption Sentences – Report

Latest report by BIRN and Internews Kosova says corruption verdicts don’t follow Supreme Court guidelines, and are often too mild.

BIRN and Internews Kosova published their latest court monitoring report on Tuesday, entitled “Impunity to Corruption”.

The report, consisting of findings from analysing 40 corruption case verdicts during 2021, shows that Kosovo courts in these cases did not follow Supreme court guidelines in their punitive verdicts.

The report provides information on the low sentences often imposed in corruption cases and on the circumstances that were considered for the imposition of these lower sentences.

It reveals that there is often no justification for aggravating and mitigating circumstances in court judgments in corruption cases.

Albulena Haxhiu, Minister of Justice, who was part of the panel at the publication of the report, congratulated BIRN and I/KS for their contribution to Kosovo’s justice system with the monitoring reports.

“This report, and these cases that have been under the magnifying lens of the monitors, should be placed under the magnifying lens of the mechanisms of the Judicial Council on the issue of performance and professionalism of judges or trial panels that have issued such decisions,” Haxhiu said on Facebook.

Enver Peci, President of the Supreme Court, stated that the report and the data it contains are useful to the judicial system. The Supreme Court’s rules on criminal policy must be implemented in the future along with clear procedures, he added, in order to prevent organisations that monitor the legal system from reaching differing conclusions on the same problems.

Albert Zogaj, chairman of the Kosovo Judicial Council, said that in the process of furthering judicial reform, the subject of punitive policy in corruption cases has a specific relevance.

This was the 16th monitoring report of the judicial and prosecutorial system in Kosovo conducted by BIRN and I/KS.

The full report can be found here

 

Contribute to Increasing Transparency and Accountability of Kosovo Govt and Raise Awareness of Disinformation

BIRN Kosovo

This project aims to improve inter-community relations by facilitating spaces for Albanians, Serbs and those from other ethnic communities to interact, while also providing a channel through which members of various Kosovo communities can express their grievances and their hopes for the future. Furthermore, the project aims to increase public awareness and understanding of fake news and disinformation among citizens and particularly among young people from different communities in Kosovo.

Summary:

The worldwide phenomena of fake news and disinformation have plagued Western Balkan countries, like others, in recent years. Kosovo has been no exception. There has been a surge there of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 parliamentary elections as well as about the EU-mediated Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

In the context of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, media outlets in both countries have spread misinformation. In Kosovo, statements from Serbian politicians or other media outlets are often presented to readers as insults against Kosovo, either for political purposes or as a means to boost engagement. In Serbia, media campaigns to delegitimize Kosovo’s statehood and undermine its governance capabilities and relations with the EU are widespread.

The EU-mediated Kosovo-Serbia dialogue on normalization of relations has now been in stalemate for months. The sides are yet to come to a comprehensive and binding agreement – a prospect that does not seem within reach. The process of the dialogue has been accompanied by a lack of transparency from both governments, which has contributed to the limited level of information among citizens about the process and its outcomes. Meanwhile, relations on the ground between Albanians and Serbians in Kosovo, as well as between the two countries, have not improved significantly.

It is concerning that the youth are also burdened by the impact of conflict memories. This is fueled by antagonistic conflict narratives provided in two parallel education systems and limited cross-community interactions at all levels. In the meantime, young boys and girls from both communities face similar challenges, including a lack of education, job opportunities, as well as poor economic conditions.

Given these common challenges, it is important to establish platforms for cross-community interactions. These would allow representatives from all communities, particularly Albanians and Serbians, to exchange views on grievances and build reconciliation through imagining different futures. Kosovo today needs new and creative solutions, to effectively address protracted economic, social and political problems and to shape an inclusive narrative about shared priorities for the future.

In the framework of the proposed project, BIRN Kosovo and Internews Kosova (I/KS) will provide a space for dialogue, elicit joint solutions to joint problems and feature good practices through the publication of articles and broadcasting of stories that bring together citizens from different ethnic communities in Kosovo to discuss the key challenges they face.

The project will feature community experiences in tackling issues ranging from economics, politics and security to current affairs, and will involve a segment in the programmes hosting decision makers to address the issues and solutions raised by community leaders and participants during the debates.

The project further aims to fight fake news and disinformation by promoting adherence to the media Code of Ethics and raising awareness about the mechanisms available to address these phenomena – while also publishing fact-checking articles and news articles on identifying and debunking fake news and disinformation on the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, inter-ethnic relations, vulnerable communities and other related topics.

Lastly, the project aims to provide the youth of Kosovo from different ethnic backgrounds with the tools they need to fight fake news and disinformation through training opportunities offered within the framework of the Summer School.

Donor:

Embassy of Switzerland in Kosovo

Main objectives:

 Objective 1: contribute to improving inter-ethnic relations through facilitating communication and providing a platform to voice the challenges faced by all communities, as well as positive examples;

Objective 2: increase public awareness of fake news and disinformation among citizens from different ethnic backgrounds in Kosovo, especially among the young.

 Main Activities:

  1. Raise public discussion through three (3) TV debates by Kosovo MPs on the level of implementation of the Law on the Use of Languages, Law on Protection from Discrimination and Law on Local Self-Government;
  2. Broadcast ten (10) TV programmes on inter-municipal and inter-sectoral cooperation, to promote good practices through solution-driven journalism;
  3. Raise awareness and promote positive examples through seven (7) TV programmes of stories of all community members, in particular Albanian and Serbian communities living in Kosovo;
  4. Promote the importance of self-regulatory and regulatory bodies efforts in fighting disinformation and fake news through two (2) TV debates;
  5. Draft five (5) position papers with the Press Council of Kosovo on the Code of Ethics and organise working meetings with members of the Council to discuss and address findings;
  6. Publish eighty (80) fact-checking articles on KALLXO.com’s Krypometër (Truth-o-meter) section on implementation of the dialogue process;
  7. Publish twenty (20) short news articles on identifying and debunking fake news and disinformation, as well as stories relating to inter-ethnic relations, on the KALLXO.com platform;
  8. Organise a summer school on the topic of anti-disinformation with young people from different ethnic communities in Kosovo;
  9. Provide internship and mentorship opportunities to five (5) university students to report on topics related to inter-ethnic relations and disinformation;
  10. Organise exchange of experiences and best practices with partners organisations from Georgia/other countries.

Target Groups:

  • Members of all ethnic communities in Kosovo, particularly Albanians and Serbs;
  • Youth from different ethnic backgrounds;
  • Citizens of Kosovo.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

Internews Kosova

Project associates:

Press Council of Kosova, TV Mreza Network and Gracanica Online

 

Call for applications: Final external evaluation of BIRN Kosovo project

BIRN Kosovo is seeking an evaluator/evaluation company to undertake a comprehensive overall evaluation of the results achieved in the project and provide recommendations for possible scaling up of the project.

Assignment reference: Undertake a comprehensive overall evaluation of results achieved in the project and provide recommendations for possible scaling up of the project.

Project reference: “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”, funded by the European Union Office in Kosovo, and implemented by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) Kosovo, CEE Bankwatch, Environmentally Responsible Action (ERA) Group, and Independent TV Network (TV Mreža).

Deadline for applications: 25/06/2022, at 17.00.

Call for applications

This call for applications is being published within the “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda” project, funded by the European Union Office in Kosovo, and implemented by BIRN Kosovo, CEE Bankwatch, ERA Group and TV Mreža.

Interested candidates or candidate companies must follow the information and guidelines as set out in the Terms of Reference provided below this call. The deadline for submitting applications is June 25, at 17:00, to kosova@birn.eu.com and diellzasalihu@jetanekosove.com.

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BIRN Kosovo Holds Training on Labour Rights Violations

BIRN Kosovo organized a training with duty bearers, including police and labour inspectors and prosecutors, to strengthen their capacities to handle workplace injuries and other labour rights’ violations.

BIRN Kosovo on May 20 organised a training on labour rights violations in the framework of the EU-funded project “Protecting and promoting labour rights of vulnerable groups in the labour market”, which is implemented by ATRC and BIRN Kosovo.

The aim was to increase the capacities of duty bearers on dealing with cases of injuries at work and labour rights abuses, while also applying best practices to handling labour violations, especially criminal ones related to workplace injuries.

Three speakers with knowledge and expertise in the field delivered the training, which was divided into three parts.

In the first part, Agim Millaku, chief inspector of the Labour Inspectorate, spoke of the importance of securing key evidence in the event of workplace injuries.

He also highlighted the obligations that both employers and employees have to ensure a safe working environment, and listed types of work activities that can and cannot be done by certain categories of employees, including pregnant women and children under 18.

In the second part of the training, prosecutor Bekim Kodraliu spoke on the topic of criminal offences in the workplace. He provided an overview of the legal framework on criminal offences relating to employment relationships, noting that while Kosovo’s legal framework is the most advanced in the Balkans, it faces challenges in terms of effective implementation.

In the last part of the training, judge Nexhat Qallapeku discussed safety at work in the aspect of civil law, as well as the criminal procedures that can be followed in case of injuries in the workplace.

Among other topics discussed, Qallapeku touched on employers’ obligations to cover the medical costs of injured employees and the legal procedures that employees can follow if their employers fail to compensate them for their injuries.

The training was attended by 24 participants, including ten police investigators, three prosecutors and two labour inspectors, who came from different regions in Kosovo, including Peja, Prizren, Mitrovica, Gjilan and Podujeva.

 

Green Energy Days 2022 Comes to an End

Green Energy Days 2022 took place in various locations across Kosovo between May 16 and 22. The initiative included numerous activities, which have been followed up with TV broadcasts and articles.

Held for the second year in a row, Green Energy Days is aimed at providing a much-needed spotlight on the importance of energy efficiency, environmental protection and public health, especially to relevant officials.

BIRN Kosovo launched this year’s initiative with the release of “Helm n’ujë, Helm n’ajër” (Poison in the Water, Poison in the Air), a documentary produced by Ikonë Studio and Pixels Production. The launch event was hosted by BIRN Kosovo’s environmental journalist Drenushë Ramadani. It also welcomed several keynote speakers, such as deputy head of the European Union Office in Kosovo AnnaCarin Platon, producer at Ikonë Studio Valon Bajgora, executive director of the Active Citizens NGO Flutura Zymi and executive director of TV Mreža Mustafa Skenderi.

ERA Group organised two youth dialogue meetings on environmental protection with 109 young people from the municipalities of Peja and Gjakova. The sessions promoted good environmental practices and advocacy tools aimed at addressing pressing environmental issues.

One of the major events of Green Energy Days 2022 was the hosting of a high-level conference on May 19. Featuring three discussion panels, the conference brought together senior leaders and decision makers from around Kosovo and the region to discuss the Western Balkans’ green energy future as well as the challenges of decarbonisation. A new position paper on Kosovo’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), which included 32 concrete recommendations on how to move the country towards an energy efficient and 100 per cent renewable economy, was also launched at the conference.

BIRN Kosovo’s executive director Jeta Xharra hosted the conference, which was opened by President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani and the EU Office in Kosovo’s AnnaCarin Platon. Speakers included the mayors of Prishtina, Tirana and Sarajevo, and environment and economy ministers from Kosovo and Albania, who discussed their respective green agendas. The Mayors of Prizren, Gjilan, Obiliq and Drenas closed the conference by discussing environmental issues in their respective municipalities.

An in-depth article on water and river pollution and a public service announcement on water pollution in the White Drin River were also published during Green Energy Days 2022, alongside short articles and news pieces promoting the initiative.

ERA Group closed Green Energy Days 2022 by organising a youth mobilisation activity with 30 young people from the municipality of Peja. Through this activity, participants had the opportunity to plant pine trees in their school garden, thereby greening the public space and promoting collective action amongst younger generations.

Green Energy Days is an initiative under the “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda” project, which is funded by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by BIRN Kosovo, CEE Bankwatch, ERA Group and TV Mreža.
The Green Energy Days 2022 initiative was the second and final edition within the “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda” project.

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of BIRN and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

 

Me Aktivitete të Shumta Përfunduan ‘Ditët e Energjisë së Gjelbër 2022’

‘Ditët e Energjisë së Gjelbër 2022’, u shënuan në lokacione të ndryshme anembanë Kosovës ndërmjet 16 dhe 22 majit. Nisma përfshinte aktivitete të shumta, për të cilat u raportua në lajme televizive dhe artikuj mediatikë.

Për të dytin vit radhazi, ‘Ditët e Energjisë së Gjelbër’ synuan të nxjerrin në pah sa me rëndësi është efiçienca e energjisë, mbrojtja e mjedisit dhe shëndeti publik, veçanërisht për zyrtarët përkatës.

BIRN Kosova filloi nismën e këtij viti me publikimin e “Helm n’ujë, Helm n’ajër”, një dokumentar që është produksion i Ikonë Studio dhe Pixels Production.

Aktiviteti i parë i këtij edicioni u drejtua nga gazetarja mjedisore e BIRN-it në Kosovë, Drenushë Ramadani.

Aty morën pjesë gjithashtu disa folës tjerë, si: AnnaCarin Platon – zëvendësshefe e Zyrës së Bashkimit Evropian në Kosovë, Valon Bajgora – producent në Ikonë Studio, Flutura Zymi – drejtore ekzekutive e OJQ-së Qytetarët Aktivë dhe Mustafa Skenderi – drejtor ekzekutiv i TV Mreža.

ERA-Group organizoi dy takime dialogu me të rinjtë për mbrojtjen e mjedisit, ku morën pjesë 109 të rinj nga komunat e Pejës dhe Gjakovës. Seancat promovuan praktikat e mira mjedisore dhe mjetet avokuese që synojnë adresimin e çështjeve urgjente mjedisore.

Një nga aktivitetet kryesore të ‘Ditëve të Energjisë së Gjelbër 2022’ ishte organizimi i një konference të nivelit të lartë më 19 maj. Me tre panele diskutimi, konferenca bëri bashkë udhëheqës të lartë dhe vendimmarrës nga e gjithë Kosova dhe rajoni për të diskutuar të ardhmen e energjisë së gjelbër në Ballkanin Perëndimor, si dhe sfidat e dekarbonizimit.

Në konferencë u prezantua gjithashtu një dokument i ri i pozicionit mbi Planin Kombëtar të Energjisë dhe Klimës (PKEK) për Kosovën, i cili përfshinte 32 rekomandime konkrete se si mund të lëvizë vendi drejt një ekonomie me efiçiencë të energjisë dhe me burime të energjisë në shkallë 100 për qind.

Drejtoresha ekzekutive e BIRN-it në Kosovë, Jeta Xharra, drejtoi konferencën, e cila u hap nga Presidentja e Kosovës Vjosa Osmani dhe zëvendësshefja e Zyrës së BE-së në Kosovë, AnnaCarin Platon. Folësit përfshinin kryetarin e komunës së Prishtinës dhe kryetarët e bashkive të Tiranës dhe të Sarajevës, si dhe ministrat e mjedisit dhe ekonomisë nga Kosova dhe Shqipëria, të cilët diskutuan për agjendat e tyre të gjelbëra. Kryetarët e komunave të Prizrenit, Gjilanit, Obiliqit dhe Drenasit e mbyllën konferencën duke diskutuar për çështjet mjedisore në komunat e tyre përkatëse.

Një artikull i thelluar mbi ndotjen e ujërave dhe lumenjve dhe një material me interes të përgjithshëm publik mbi ndotjen e ujit në lumin Drini i Bardhë u publikuan gjithashtu gjatë ‘Ditëve të Energjisë së Gjelbër 2022’, krahas artikujve të shkurtër dhe lajmeve që promovojnë nismën.

ERA-Group mbylli ‘Ditët e Energjisë së Gjelbër 2022’ duke organizuar një aktivitet mobilizimi rinor me 30 të rinj nga komuna e Pejës. Përmes këtij aktiviteti, pjesëmarrësit patën mundësinë të mbjellin pisha në kopshtin e shkollës së tyre, duke gjelbëruar hapësirën publike dhe duke promovuar aksionin kolektiv mes brezave të rinj.

‘Ditët e Energjisë së Gjelbër’ është një nismë në kuadër të projektit “Evropianizimi i agjendës mjedisore të Kosovës”, i cili financohet nga Zyra e Bashkimit Evropian në Kosovë dhe zbatohet nga BIRN Kosova, CEE Bankwatch, ERA-Group dhe TV Mreža.

Nisma ‘Ditët e Energjisë së Gjelbër 2022’ ishte edicioni i dytë dhe i fundit në kuadër të projektit “Evropianizimi i agjendës mjedisore të Kosovës”.

Ky publikim është botuar me mbështetjen financiare të Bashkimit Evropian. Përmbajtja e këtij publikimi është përgjegjësi e vetme e BIRN Kosova dhe në asnjë mënyrë nuk mund të paraqes pikëpamjet e Bashkimit Evropian.

 

Dani Zelene Energije 2022. Privedeni Kraju

Dani zelene energije 2022. održani su na različitim lokacijama širom Kosova, između 16. i 22. maja. Inicijativa je uključivala brojne aktivnosti, koje su propraćene TV prenosima i člancima.

Dani zelene energije, koji se održavaju drugu godinu za redom, imaju za cilj da, stave u žižu javnosti i ukažu na preko potrebnu važnost energetske efikasnosti, zaštite životne sredine i javnog zdravlja, posebno relevantnim zvaničnicima.

BIRN Kosovo pokrenuo je ovogodišnju inicijativu projekcijom filma „Helm n’ujë, Helm n’ajër” (Otrov u vodi, Otrov u vazduhu), dokumentarni film u produkciji Ikonë Studio i Pixels Production. Domaćin projekcije bila je novinarka BIRN Kosova koja izveštava o životnoj sredini, Drenushë Ramadani. Na ovoj prigodi, prisutnima se obratilo nekoliko glavnih govornika, kao što su zamenica šefa Kancelarije Evropske unije na Kosovu, AnnaCarin Platon, producent Ikonë Studija Valon Bajgora, izvršni direktor NVO Aktivni građani Flutura Zymi i izvršni direktor TV Mreže, Mustafa Skenderi.

Organizacija ERA Group je organizovala dva dijaloga sa mladima na temu zaštite životne sredine sa 109 mladih iz opština Peć i Đakovica. Na sesijama su promovisane dobre prakse zaštite životne sredine i alati za zagovaranje usmereni na rešavanje hitnih pitanja životne sredine.

Jedan od glavnih događaja Dana zelene energije 2022. bilo je održavanje konferencije na visokom nivou 19. maja. Sa tri panela za diskusiju, konferencija je okupila lidere i donosioce odluka sa celog Kosova i iz regiona, kako bi razgovarali o budućnosti zelene energije na zapadnom Balkanu, kao i o izazovima dekarbonizacije. Na konferenciji je takođe predstavljen novi pozicioni dokument o Nacionalnom energetskom i klimatskom planu Kosova (NEKP), koji je uključivao 32 konkretne preporuke namenjene Kosovu kako bi krenulo u pravcu privrede stopostotno bazirane na obnovljivim izvorima energije.

Izvršna direktorka BIRN Kosova, Jeta Xharra, bila je domaćin konferencije koju su otvorili predsednica Kosova, Vjosa Osmani i zamenica šefa Kancelarije EU na Kosovu, AnnaCarin Platon. Među govornicima su bili gradonačelnici Prištine, Tirane i Sarajeva, te ministri životne sredine i privrede sa Kosova i iz Albanije, koji su govori o svojim zelenim agendama. Predsednici opština Prizren, Gnjilane, Obilić i Glogovac su zatvorili konferenciju diskusijom o pitanjima životne sredine u njihovim opštinama.

Detaljan članak o zagađenju vode i reka i javno saopštenje o zagađenju vode u reci Beli Drim takođe su objavljeni tokom Dana zelene energije 2022, zajedno sa kratkim člancima i vestima koji promovišu inicijativu.

ERA Group je zaključila Dane zelene energije 2022. organizovanjem aktivnosti animiranja mladih sa 30 mladih iz opštine Peć. Ovom aktivnošću, učesnici su imali priliku da zasade borove u svojoj školskoj bašti, ozelenjavajući na taj način javni prostor i promovišući kolektivno delovanje među mladim pokolenjima.

Dani zelene energije su inicijativa u okviru projekta „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine“, koji finansira Kancelarija Evropske unije na Kosovu, a realizuju BIRN Kosovo, CEE Bankwatch, ERA Group i TV Mreža.
Inicijativa Dani zelene energije 2022. bila je drugo i poslednje izdanje u okviru projekta „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine“.

Ovaj tekst je objavljen uz podršku Evropske unije na Kosovu. Sadržaj teksta je isključiva odgovornost BIRN Kosovo i ne predstavlja nužno stavove Evropske unije na Kosovu.

 

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ERA Group Holds Youth Mobilisation Activity

The Environmentally Responsible Action (ERA) Group held a youth mobilisation activity with young people from the municipality of Peja.

In total, 30 students from the Shaban Spahia technical high school took part in the activity. The participants had the chance to plant pine trees in the school’s garden, thereby greening the public space and promoting collective action amongst younger generations.

This youth mobilisation activity was held as part of the Green Energy Days programme, part of the “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda” project, which is supported by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by BIRN Kosovo, Bankwatch, ERA Group and TV Mreža.

ERA Group mban aktivitet mobilizimi me të rinj

Në kuadër të projektit “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”, ERA Group ka mbajtur një aktivitet me mobilizimin e të rinjve nga komuna e Pejës.

Gjithsej, 30 të rinj nga shkolla e mesme teknike “Shaban Spahia” në Pejë ishin pjesë e këtij aktiviteti.

Pjesëmarrësit patën mundësi të mbjellin pisha në oborrin e shkollës së tyre, me qëllimin që të gjelbërojnë hapësirat publike dhe të ofrojnë shembull të veprimit kolektiv tek te rinjtë e tjerë.

Ky aktivitet për mobilizimin e të rinjve u organizua si pjesë e iniciativës “Green Energy Days”, në kuadër të projektit “Europeanization of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”, i cili mbështetet nga Zyra e Bashkimit Evropian në Kosovë, dhe implementohet nga BIRN Kosovo, Bankwatch, ERA Group dhe TV Mrezha.

ERA Group održava aktivnost animiranja sa mladima

Kao deo projekta „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine”, ERA Group održala je aktivnost animiranja mladih iz opštine Peć.

Ukupno, 30 mladih iz srednje tehničke škole „Shaban Spahia” u Peći učestvovalo je u ovoj aktivnosti.

Učesnici su bili u prilici da zasade borove u dvorištu svoje škole, u nameri da ozelene javne površine i da daju primer kolektivnog delovanja drugim mladima.

Ova aktivnost animiranja mladih organizovana je kao deo inicijative „Dani zelene energije”, održane u okviru projekta „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine”, koji podržava Kancelarija Evropske unije na Kosovu, a realizuju BIRN Kosovo, Bankwatch, ERA Group i TV Mreža.

 

BIRN Kosovo Holds Regional Workshop on Preventing Extremism

To reinforce the role of Centers for Social Welfare and members of other municipal institutions in preventing violent extremism and terrorism in Kosovo, as well as strengthening the process of reintegration and resocialization for returnees from the conflict zones, BIRN Kosovo held a regional workshop on May 12.

The workshop consisted of two sessions. The first, delivered by Kreshnik Gashi, editor-in-chief at KALLXO.com, focused on the state’s vision of preventing radicalism and violent extremism that leads to terrorism, as well as reflecting this vision in communication with the public.

The second session was delivered by Mursel Zymberi, Director at the Centre for Social Welfare in the municipality of Gjilan.

This focused on the role of Centers for Social Welfare in the early identification of radical behaviours, as well as in the treatment of people affected by violent extremism.

In total, 18 representatives from Centers for Social Welfare and members of other municipal institutions participated in the workshop.

This regional workshop was the second one held by BIRN Kosovo, organized as part of the “Resilient Community Program”, which is funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, GCERF.

BIRN Kosovo aims to support the democratic transition in Kosovo and the implementation of human rights and media freedom by continuously holding training sessions and workshops.

During 2022, BIRN Kosovo, as part of “Resilient Community Program” project, held five community gatherings in the municipalities of Prishtina, Gjilan, Obiliq, Drenas and Shtime.

Each consisted of a lecture by Kreshnik Gashi, and brought together psychologists and directors of schools. Guests shared their experiences with people, more specifically students, whose families had returned from the conflict zones in Syria and Iraq, and the process of reintegration and re-socialization to which they have been subjected.

As part of the project “Promoting fact-checking to combat false news and misinformation in Kosovo”, supported by the US embassy in Kosovo, BIRN Kosovo held three trainings on fact-checking methodologies with a total of 50 journalists in the municipalities of Prishtina, Prizren and Gjilan.

The training comprised three parts. The first covered IFCN standards, the basics of fact-checking, and the differences between misinformation, fake news, deep fakes, and other fake news production formats.

The second part was dedicated to identifying fake news and harmful narratives in the media and building debunking mechanisms within newsrooms.

The third part of the training gave participants the opportunity to practice together with the trainers to identify fake news.

Workshop trainers included Kreshnik Gashi, co-author of the show KallxoPernime, editor-in-chief of KALLXO.com and KALLXO.com representative at the Press Council of Kosovo, and Visar Prebreza, Managing Editor of Research and Krypometer articles at KALLXO.com.

As part of the project “Data 4 Fighting Harmful Narratives in the Judiciary”, funded by the Millennium Foundation Kosovo, MFK, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, BIRN Kosovo held training sessions on using judicial data with a total of 77 Law students from the universities of Pristina and Prizren.

In addition, on March 10 and 11, as part of the project “Confidence Building Project”, which is supported by UNMIK, BIRN Kosovo held a training session with a journalists in the municipality of Gjilan on the bases of investigation and fact-checking principles.

On the first day of this, Kreshnik Gashi spoke about the bases of reporting, the public profile that journalists should keep, how to develop contacts with sources of information, protection of sources and how to build trust.

Visar Prebreza spoke on how to initiate research and secure information from open data platforms. He also talked about investigations into public procurement and on techniques for detecting stories in this field.

Finally on day one, Valdet Salihu, a producer at the TV programme KALLXO Pernime, gave insight into different production techniques, photographs and video footage.

The second day involved practical activities in which the participants practiced using techniques for fact-checking and detecting fake news with scenarios sourced from statements and footage of public officials.

A total of 16 journalists participated in this training course, including three from the Serb and Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian minority communities.

Also, as part of the project ““Providing a safe environment for journalists during protests”, funded by the European Union Office in Kosovo, BIRN Kosovo held a training session for 18 journalists and students of journalism to equip them with appropriate knowledge and practices on reporting from protests, with a special focus on violent ones.

 

ERA Group Organised Two Youth Dialogue Meetings with Youth From the Municipalities of Peja and Gjakova

On May 17 and 20, ERA Group organised two youth dialogue meetings with youth from the municipalities of Peja and Gjakova.

The dialogue sessions, facilitated by ERA Group’s executive director Fatos Lajqi, were aimed at educating youth on environmental protection and promoting good environmental practices. During the meetings, young people discussed protected areas and their significance. They also learned more about civil society initiatives that are focused on environmental protection as well as advocacy tools and materials such as the “Mos ma prek Lumbardhin” (Don’t Touch Lumbardhi) campaign aimed at addressing pressing environmental issues.

Fifty-four young people participated in the dialogue meeting in Peja while 55 participated in the session in Gjakova.

The two youth dialogue meetings were part of the Green Energy Days 2022 programme. Green Energy Days is organised within the “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda” project, which is funded by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by BIRN Kosovo, CEE Bankwatch and TV Mreža.

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of BIRN and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

 

ERA Group mban takime me të rinjtë për edukimin rreth mbrojtjes së mjedisit

Më 17 dhe 20 maj, ERA Group, në kuadër të projektit “Europeanization of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”, mbështetur nga Zyra e Bashkimit Evropian në Kosovë dhe implementuar nga BIRN Kosova, Bankwatch, ERA Group, dhe TV Mrezha, mbajti dy takime të dialogut me të rinjë nga komunat e Pejës dhe Gjakovës.

Takimet e dialogut me të rinjë u mbajtën nga Fatos Lajqi – Drejtor Ekzekutiv i ERA Group. Qëllimi i takimeve të dialogut me të rinjë ishte edukimi i të rinjëve rreth mbrojtjes së mjedisit, si dhe promovimi i praktikave të mira mjedisore. Gjatë takimeve, pjesëmarësit biseduan për zonat e mbrojtura dhe rëndësinë e tyre. Gjithashtu, atyre u ofrua mundësia të mësojnë më shumë rreth iniciativave të shoqërise civile për mbrojtjen e mjedisit dhe mënyrat e avokimit mbi çēshtjet e ngutshme mjedisore, siç është rasti i kampanjës “Mos ma prek Lumbardhin”.

Në takimin e dialogu, i cili u mbajt në komunën e Pejës, morën pjesë gjithsej 54 të rinjë, ndërsa në atë të komunës së Gjakovës, morën pjesë gjithsej 55 të rinjë.

Këto dy takime të dialogut me të rinjë u organizuan brenda kampanjës “Ditët e energjisë së gjelbër 2022”, organizuar nga partnerët e projektit “Europeanization of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”.

Ky publikim është botuar me mbështetjen financiare të Bashkimit Evropian. Përmbajtja e këtij publikimi është përgjegjësi e vetme e BIRN Kosova dhe në asnjë mënyrë nuk mund të paraqes pikëpamjet e Bashkimit Evropian.

 

17 i 20  maja ERA Group je u okviru projekta „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine“, koji finansira Kancelarija Evropske unije na Kosovu, a koji realizuje sa organizacijama BIRN Kosovo, CEE Bankwatch i TV Mreža, organizovala dva dijaloga mladih iz opština Peć i Đakovica.

Dijaloge mladih održao je izvršni direktor ERA Group – Fatos Ljajći. Cilj ovih dijaloga mladih bila je edukacija mladih o zaštiti životne sredine, kao i promocija dobrih praksi u oblasti životne sredine. Duž ovog dijaloga, mladi su razgovarali o zaštićenim područjima i njihovom značaju. Takođe su naučili više o inicijativama civilnog društva na polju zaštite životne sredine, kao i o alatkama i sredstvima zagovaranja za rešavanje hitnih pitanja životne sredine, na primer, kampanja „Ne diraj mi Bistricu“.

U dijalogu mladih u Peći učestvovalo je 54 mladih, dok je njih 55 učestvovalo u dijalogu mladih u Đakovici.

Oba dijaloga mladih organizovana su u sklopu „Dana zelene energije 2022“ kao deo projekta „Evropeizacija Kosovske agende za zaštitu.

Ovaj tekst je objavljen uz podršku Evropske unije na Kosovu. Sadržaj teksta je isključiva odgovornost BIRN Kosovo i ne predstavlja nužno stavove Evropske unije na Kosovu.

 

 

 

 

Position Paper Published on ‘Kosovo’s National Energy and Climate Plan’

BIRN Kosovo and its partners Bankwatch, ERA Group and TV Mreža have published a position paper titled “Kosovo’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP)”.

This position paper covers the five pillars of the EU’s Energy Union policy.

The five pillars are energy security, solidarity and trust; a fully integrated internal energy market; energy efficiency contributing to moderation of demand; decarbonisation of the economy; and research, innovation and competitiveness.

Based on these pillars, the position paper reflects upon Kosovo’s challenges and needs when it comes to ensuring a more secure path towards decarbonisation.

In addition, the paper aims to provide recommendations to Kosovo’s government on achieving its targets for decarbonising the country’s economy by 2050, particularly through the NECP, which is currently being developed.

As stated in the position paper: “One of the challenges will be to avoid getting distracted by policies that may later turn out to be counterproductive, such as fossil gas, fossil-based hydrogen, forest biomass, waste incineration or biofuels. Kosovo’s energy future lies in the EU energy market, but it must find its own way to make the energy transition work for the good of the country”.

Moreover, the position paper states: “Kosovo’s domestic coal reserves currently contribute to the country’s relatively low import dependency; however, the use of coal incurs numerous and very high costs for people’s health, the environment and the climate”.

Kosovo’s energy future

The new position paper provides recommendations on the ways in which Kosovo can urgently reduce its use of coal and thereby move forward with implementing more sustainable policies.

As stated in the analysis: “Every household consumes energy, and many are affected by pollution or other environmental damage from the sector. Those who will directly lose their jobs as a result of changes in the sector are particularly hard hit, while on the other hand there are opportunities for ordinary people to produce electricity in their homes and to live more comfortably as a result of better insulation”.

In addition to moving away from coal, the paper also advices Kosovo to work on creating a green education system.

Furthermore, the paper states that Kosovo should set a renewable energy target for 2030 that is compatible with achieving 100 per cent renewables by 2050. According to this analysis, precise targets need to be calculated in detail, but anything less than a reduction of around 50 per cent would mean that after 2030, efforts would need to be accelerated even further to reach 100 per cent by 2050.

This position paper was published during Green Energy Days 2022, which is organized as part of the “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda” project that is supported by the European Union Office in Kosovo.

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of BIRN and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

 

Ekipi i projektit ‘Europeanization of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”, BIRN Kosova, Bankwatch, ERA Group dhe TV Mrezha kanë publikuar një letër pozicioni të titulluar “Plani Kombëtar i Kosovës për Energjinë dhe Klimën (PKEK)”.

Kjo letër pozicioni kalon nëpër pesë shtyllat kryesore të Politikës së Energjisë së Bashkimit Evropian.

Këto shtylla përfshijnë sigurinë dhe besimin në energji, tregun plotësisht të integruar të energjisë, efiçiencën e energjisë, dekarbonizimin e ekonomisë, dhe inovacionin.

Në përputhje me këto shtylla, dokumenti i pozicionit përfshin sfidat dhe nevojat e Kosovës për të adresuar këto sfera për një rrugë më të sigurt drejt arritjes së dekarbonizimit deri në vitin 2050.

Letra e pozicionit gjithashtu ofron edhe rekomandime për Qeverinë e Kosovës drejt arritjes së objektivave të dekarbonizimit të ekonomisë deri në vitin 2050 sipas planeve kombëtare.

“Një nga sfidat do të jetë shmangia e shpërqendrimit në politika të cilat më vonë mund të rezultojnë të jenë kundërproduktive, si gazi fosil, hidrogjeni me bazë fosile, biomasa pyjore, incinerimi i mbeturinave ose biokarburantet. E ardhmja energjetike e Kosovës qëndron në tregun energjetik të BE-së, por ajo duhet të gjejë rrugën e vet për ta vënë tranzicionin energjetik në funksion të së mirës së vendit”, thuhet në këtë dokument.

Gjithashtu në këtë analizë thuhet se rezervat e brendshme të thëngjillit në Kosovë aktualisht kontribuojnë në varësinë relativisht të ulët të vendit nga importi, mirëpo sipas kësaj analize përdorimi i thëngjillit shkakton kosto të shumta dhe shumë të larta për shëndetin e njeriut, mjedisin dhe klimën.

E ardhmja energjetike e Kosovës

Përmes kësaj analize, Kosova këshillohet të punojë në largimin urgjent të përdorimit të qymyrit dhe ecën përpara me politika të gjelbra.

“Çdo ekonomi familjare konsumon energji dhe shumë prej tyre janë të prekur nga ndotja ose dëmtime të tjera mjedisore të shkaktuara nga sektori. Ata që do të humbasin drejtpërdrejt vendin e punës si pasojë e ndryshimeve në sektor do të goditen rëndë, ndërsa nga ana tjetër ka mundësi që njerëzit e zakonshëm të prodhojnë energji elektrike në shtëpitë e tyre dhe të jetojnë më rehat si rezultat i izolimit më të mirë”, thekson raporti.

Përveç largimit të qymyrit, kjo letër pozicioni i rekomandon Kosovës që të punojë për krijimin e një sistemi arsimor të gjelbër.

Gjithashtu, Kosova duhet të vendosë një cak për energjinë e ripërtëritshme për vitin 2030 që është kompatibil me arritjen e 100 për qind të burimeve të ripërtëritshme deri në vitin 2050. Sipas analizës kjo duhet të llogaritet në hollësi, por gjithçka më pak se rreth 50 për qind do të thotë se pas vitit 2030, përpjekjet do të duhet të përshpejtohen edhe më tej për të arritur në 100 për qind deri në vitin 2050.

Kjo letër pozicioni u bë publike në “Ditët e energjisë së gjelbër 2022” në kuadër të projektit “Europeanization of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”, mbështetur nga Zyra e Bashkimit Evropian në Kosovë.

Ky publikim është botuar me mbështetjen financiare të Bashkimit Evropian. Përmbajtja e këtij publikimi është përgjegjësi e vetme e BIRN Kosova dhe në asnjë mënyrë nuk mund të paraqes pikëpamjet e Bashkimit Evropian.

 

Objavljen pozicioni dokument „Nacionalni energetski i klimatski plan Kosova“

Tim na projektu „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine”, u sastavu BIRN Kosovo, Bankwatch, ERA Group i TV Mreža objavili su pozicioni dokument pod nazivom „Nacionalni energetski i klimatski plan Kosova (NEKP)”.

Ovaj pozicioni dokument prolazi kroz pet glavnih stubova Energetske politike Evropske unije.

Ovi stubovi uključuju energetsku sigurnost i pouzdanost, potpuno integrisano energetsko tržište, energetsku efikasnost, dekarbonizaciju privrede i inovacije.

U skladu sa ovim stubovima, pozicioni dokument ističe izazove i potrebe Kosova da se pozabavi ovim oblastima, radi sigurnijeg puta ka postizanju dekarbonizacije do 2050. godine.

Pozicioni dokument takođe upućuje preporuke Vladi Kosova za postizanje ciljeva dekarbonizacije privrede do 2050. godine, shodno nacionalnim planovima.

„Jedan od izazova biće da se izbegne zamka skretanja pažnje politikama koje se kasnije mogu ispostaviti kontraproduktivnim, kao što su fosilni gas, fosilni vodonik, šumska biomasa, spaljivanje otpada ili biogoriva. Energetska budućnost Kosova leži u energetskom tržištu EU, ali ono mora pronaći sopstveni način da energetska tranzicija funkcioniše za dobrobit zemlje”, navodi se u ovom dokumentu.

Takođe ova analiza navodi da domaće rezerve uglja na Kosovu trenutno doprinose relativno niskoj zavisnosti zemlje od uvoza, međutim upotreba uglja izaziva brojne i veoma visoke troškove kada je reč o zdravlju ljudi, životnoj sredini i klimi.

Energetska budućnost Kosova

Ova analiza daje savete o tome na koji način Kosovo može raditi na hitnom eliminisanju korišćenja uglja i daljem napredovanju, kada je reč o zelenim politikama.

„Svako domaćinstvo troši energiju a mnoga su pogođena zagađenjem ili drugim ekološkim štetama izazvanim u sektoru.  Posebno su teško pogođeni oni koji će direktno ostati bez posla kao posledica promena u sektoru, dok s druge strane postoje mogućnosti da obični ljudi proizvode električnu energiju u svojim domovima i da žive komfornije, zahvaljujući boljoj izolaciji“, naglašava izveštaj.

Pored eliminisanja uglja, ovaj pozicioni dokument preporučuje Kosovu da radi na stvaranju zelenog obrazovnog sistema.

„Takođe, Kosovo mora postaviti cilj kada je reč o obnovljivoj energiji za 2030. godinu koji odgovara postizanju stopostotnih obnovljivih izvora do 2050. godine. Prema analizi, ovo bi trebalo detaljno izračunati, ali sve manje od oko 50 odsto znači da se nakon 2030. napori moraju dodatno ubrzati, kako bi se do 2050. godine dostiglo 100 odsto.

Ovaj pozicioni dokument objavljen je tokom „Dana zelene energije 2022“ u okviru projekta „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine“, čiju realizaciju podržava Kancelarije Evropske unije na Kosovu.

Ovaj tekst je objavljen uz podršku Evropske unije na Kosovu. Sadržaj teksta je isključiva odgovornost BIRN Kosovo i ne predstavlja nužno stavove Evropske unije na Kosovu.