Life in Kosovo discusses the EU Progress Report

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Tonight, Life in Kosovo will broadcast a debate on the findings of the EU progress report for 2011.

Questions to be covered include: What do representatives of Kosovo’s political parties think about this report? According to the report, has the country progressed or regressed? Which sectors are most criticised by the report? How well are corruption and organised crime being fought?  What are the findings of EU Progress Report on the freedom of speech in Kosovo?


To discuss these and related issues, Jeta Xharra has invited the following guests to the studio:


Hajredin Kuqi, deputy prime minister of Kosovo;
Vjosa Osmani, a deputy from the LDK;
Ardian Gjini, a deputy from the AAK; and
Visar Ymeri, a deputy from Vetëvendosje.


Before the debate, BIRN will re-broadcast a report  from September 2010 about an incident in the Municipal Court of Klina, in which former judge Kole Puka, along with lawyer Lon Palushaj and in cooperation with Dr Mit’hat Jakupi declared a citizen from this municipality to be disabled, and benefited from 16,800 euros on his behalf.


In 2010, the Association of Professional Journalists of Kosova awarded BIRN’s investigative report as the best TV report on the fight against corruption. This week, all three people involved were arrested. The police managed to find some other similar cases, resulting in the arrest of 13 more people. 


During the debate, BIRN will also broadcast a report by journalist Muhamet Hajrullahu, which considers the opinions of key decision makers about the EU Progress Report, including the political parties in the Assembly, Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi and the Assembly President, Jakup Krasniqi.