Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the MCC Closing Event for Women in Energy Program

Today we mark the end of an inspiring, innovative, and pioneering program, MFK’s Women in Energy activity. This 5-year program assisted Kosovo take initial steps to bridge the enormous gender gap in the energy sector here. Since 2019, although we’ve seen a new global energy economy emerging, transformation of the sector is still very much …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the Donation Ceremony for Medical Equipment – COVID WAVE 3 to Kosovo Hospital

This important donation funded by the U.S European Command and coordinated by the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation is part of over seven million dollars that various U.S. government agencies have provided to Kosovo through technical assistance, and equipment and supply donations since the beginning of the pandemic – including over 500,000 doses of …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the MCC closing event of the air quality project

In Kosovo, poor air quality is among the most pressing concerns. And it affects our health and the environment on a daily basis. Pollution comes from human-made sources: emissions from old cars, toxic gases from industrial operations, coal-powered plants, burning wood or other material in the open air, and landfills. During the winter, air pollution …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the “Achievements and Challenges in Public Procurement” TEAM Activity

Helping Kosovo to fight corruption and strengthen the rule of law in Kosovo are among the highest priorities for the United States government in our strong and deep relationship.  And we are not alone.  Today, Prime Minister Kurti, representatives of the Kosovo government, independent institutions, civil society and the private sector stand united, committed to …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the U.S. Embassy Green Team Water Event

The condition of waterways and wetlands in Kosovo must be a Kosovo-led priority. We all know that it is an acute one – I don’t need to explain that to you. Whether we are talking about preserving natural wonders like Mirusha and important habitats like Henci, or about the issue of hydropower, it is difficult, …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the Hack to Learn and Protect Cybersecurity Conference

The Embassy is proud of the role we’re playing in connecting two inspiring and essential communities — the two communities that make up today’s audience: young, innovative Kosovan IT professionals; and Kosovo’s dynamic and independent journalists. Both groups are critical for Kosovo’s success in advancing democracy, the rule of law, and economic prosperity. And both …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program (MOU) Signing Ceremony

We are extremely proud of the 216 Kosovan students, scholars, researchers, and specialists who, since the program’s inception in Kosovo in 2009, have participated in the program. They have returned to create positive change at home in the government, civil society, and in academia. Likewise, American Fulbrighters who have worked and studied in Kosovo have …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Ceremony

Global Entrepreneurship Week has always been one of my favorite events, because it highlights the best of what Kosovans have to offer. With your ideas, innovation, and global perspective, you are building the companies of the future that will drive progress and enhance the economy of Kosovo and the region. Your impact ripples through the …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Nicholas J. Giacobbe, Jr. Remarks at the BRIDGE Program Launch Event

When the U.S. Embassy envisioned this program, we saw it as a way to use English as a common language, encouraging interethnic communication and deepening ties among Kosovan youth.  We recognized that there was a decreasing amount of contact, among youth, between ethnicities, and that the lack of a shared language often separated people, making …

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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Nicholas J. Giacobbe’s Remarks at the Launch of Kosovo’s Corruption Sentencing Guidelines

Let me start by saying the United States considers Kosovo a key partner in the fight against corruption. I would like to congratulate the Supreme Court on the adoption of yet another important document—the most recent Corruption Specific Guidelines. This is a significant step forward for the rule of law in Kosovo. I am particularly …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas J. Giacobbe’s Remarks at the Handover of the USAID-funded Thermo-Scanners

On behalf of the United States of America, I am honored to handover temperature scanners to the Government of Kosovo for placement at Kosovo’s port of entries, including where we are standing today, Pristina’s international airport. These scanners will assist Kosovo in preventing the further spread of COVID-19. Fighting a global pandemic takes all of …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas J. Giacobbe Remarks for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas J. Giacobbe Remarks for Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2020 Today is a solemn and momentous day—the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  The United States continues to stand with the Jewish people in remembrance of the six million innocent Jews murdered in the Holocaust, along with many other …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas J. Giacobbe Remarks at the Annual Prosecutors Conference

Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas J. Giacobbe Remarks at the Annual Prosecutors Conference, January 17, 2020 (As Prepared) Good morning.  It is an honor to be here today to commemorate this annual conference alongside so many of my international colleagues. I am proud that the U.S. Embassy has helped sponsor this important event since its …

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Chargé d’Affaires Nicholas J. Giacobbe Remarks at the Opening of the 4th Green Festival

Our new Embassy is a wonderful symbol of the enduring partnership between the people of Kosovo and the people of the United States.  I am also proud to say that it is a clear manifestation of our commitment to a greener Kosovo.  During its design and during its construction, we made environmentally-smart choices to incorporate …

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Chargé d’Affaires Colleen Hyland Remarks at the MOU Signing Ceremony

Kosovo is blessed with a young and energetic population. In order to take advantage of this demographic dividend, now is the right time to invest in this generation, both in terms of hard academic skills and soft skills. Making this investment through ASSET will help lay the bedrock for a prosperous and dynamic economy, as …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Hyland’s Remarks at the Human Rights Violation Conference

With U.S. Government assistance, through OPDAT and our other mechanisms, you have well trained victim advocates, who provide support in and outside the courtroom. You have an established victim compensation fund providing financial support to victims who qualify for that assistance.  And you are moving forward with plans to amend that law so more victims …

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DCM Hyland’s Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Week Closing Event

DCM Hyland’s Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Week Closing Event, December 14, 2018 Today marks the end of Anti-Corruption Week and it marks the start of a new year of cooperation between the U.S. Embassy and our Kosovo partners.  We are working to identify and reduce continuing sources of both high-level and persistent, low-level corruption in Kosovo.   …

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DCM Hyland’s Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Week Youth Debate

You, as some of Kosovo’s brightest students, are the ones who will really have the chance to shape and change your country’s future.  Later today, I will join some Ambassadors from Kosovo’s key partner countries at the closing event for Anti-Corruption Week.  You will hear me remind everyone that the United States is eager to …

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DCM Hyland’s Remarks at the Peace Corps Mayor Event

I really do believe there is no better partnership for Peace Corps than the one it has here in Kosovo.  You have the youngest population in Europe, and our seventy Volunteers, currently teaching in your schools and working within your communities, are speaking directly to the youth of Kosovo, and hopefully, inspiring them to improve …

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Access to Justice for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Gender-based Violence

I have heard stories about police, prosecutors and even judges discouraging victims from speaking out. They treat the abuse as a shame on the victim that will reflect poorly on the family and the community. This approach does not help victims. In fact, it represents further victimization and it enables, and even protects, abusers who …

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Kosovo’s Women Raised Their Voices on Gender-Based Violence; Let’s Make Sure the Victims See Results

This has been a landmark year for women in Kosovo.  In February, the U.S. government recognized Dr. Feride Rushiti with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award – Kosovo’s third since independence.  In May, Kosovo granted compensation to a verified victim of wartime sexual violence for the first time.  Then in August, Colonel …

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Chargé d’Affaires Colleen Hyland’s Remarks at the Kosovo Apparel Industry Convention

Kosovo’s apparel-sector companies should be very proud of the achievements and the success of the “Made in Kosovo” brand.  Through prominent partnerships, including deals with Max Mara and Havep, the Kosovo apparel sector is now exporting the high-quality products throughout the region and to the EU.

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Chargé d’Affaires Colleen Hyland’s Remarks at the Launch of Crime Victims’ Rights Week

This year Crime Victims’ Week is dedicated to raising awareness about family violence. Those two words, I think we can agree, do not belong together; family and violence. We all assume families will protect and support their members. That parents will nurture and care for their children. And that husbands will respect their wives. When …

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Chargé d’Affaires Colleen Hyland’s Remarks at the Access Mitrovica Graduation

Congratulations to the 2018 English Access graduates from Mitrovica! It really is a serious commitment to spend two years devoted to an extra-curriculum program. Especially for those of you who have obligations at university, at work, and at home. But your perseverance and dedication have helped you master this new skill.

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Chargé d’Affaires Colleen Hyland’s Remarks for Improving LGBTI Rights

Members of the LGBTI community are also members of our families, neighbors and colleagues at work.  And they face wide-spread discrimination when it comes to education, health care, housing, and employment, as well as harassment on a daily basis.  It’s not easy for anyone to live under pressure and threats.  But out of this pressure …

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Launch of Open Procurement Transparency Portal

Launch of Open Procurement Transparency Portal, July 5, 2018 Thanks Mexhide and good morning everyone.  I’m so pleased to be here today.  This is really my favorite kind of event.  Because as much as we focus on fighting corruption, we don’t always have the opportunity to see the tangible progress we’re making in that fight.  But …

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Chargé d’Affairs Hyland’s Remarks at the KSF Graduation Ceremony

New Recruits.  Today is your day.  Congratulations.  Today your journey starts and you join a proud organization, following in the footsteps of every member of the KSF that has graduated before you.  And, you have earned the right to wear this uniform.  I hope each of you will wear it with a sense of pride …

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Chargé d’Affairs Hyland’s Remarks at the Launch of the Functional Review of the Rule of Law Sector

I encourage you to acknowledge the enormous body of work that came before you – and the efforts of your two predecessors as justice minister and all the civil servants in your ministry – to develop this project to this point.  I am impressed with the preparation your new team has made:  drafting a concept …

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DCM’s Remarks at the TechCamp Kosovo: Combating Corruption in the Balkans Opening

DCM’s Remarks at the TechCamp Kosovo: Combating Corruption in the Balkans Opening December 8, 9:00 Good morning everyone. I am happy to be here today to kick off TechCamp Kosovo: Combating Corruption in the Balkans. As you know, we are nearing the end of Anti-Corruption Week in Kosovo and tomorrow is International Anti-Corruption Day. So …

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DCM Colleen Hyland Remarks at the Donation Ceremony to the Health Center

DCM Colleen Hyland Remarks for the Donation Ceremony of Hospital Beds to the Health Center, 20 September 2017 Dr. Gjocaj, Dr. Veseli, Minister Ismaili, and the hardworking staff here at the Clinical Center.  I’m very pleased to be here today to mark the donation of much needed medical equipment to the Health Center. I am …

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Launch of the Association of Women in the Energy Sector in Kosovo

Launching this new organization today is a part of that effort as well, and not just because it’s the right thing to do for women and girls.  But because Kosovo’s growing economy demands secure and reliable energy, and that’s going to take the full measure of the country’s young and highly-skilled workforce.  It would be …

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Regional Police Specialized Training Conference

Providing a safe and secure environment is a key component to improving the quality of life for all citizens. This requires law enforcement agencies to develop specialized training and constantly educate officers to fight crime and provide safety for the society. I believe the relationships you have developed here will greatly assist you in addressing …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Hyland’s remarks at the Art Exhibition “Kids can help”

Your work is making a difference, it is spreading awareness among the public about the environmental issues. It is encouraging other people to become active agents for sustainable and eco-friendly development, and it is motivating people to clean up their communities and to help make sure they stay clean.

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Addressing Sexual Harassment in Public Universities

Deputy Chief of Mission Hyland’s remarks at the panel discussion on “Addressing Sexual Harassment in Public Universities”, March 8, 2017 Good morning and Happy International Women’s Day to you all. It’s my pleasure to celebrate with you today, but, more importantly to highlight this very important discussion on sexual harassment in Kosovo’s public universities. I would …

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Chargé d’Affaires Colleen Hyland Opening Remarks at the CLDP Workshop on Government Ethics

Ethics and anti-corruption efforts rely on individual choices as much as institutional efforts. We acknowledge that changes in practice and perception are hard, and will not happen overnight. But as Kosovo continues to take the tough but necessary steps to unlock its potential, the United States will be a steady partner. We believe in Kosovo’s …

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Conference on Human Rights and the Integration of Marginalized Groups in Kosovo

There is much to be done to ensure all of Kosovo’s citizens have opportunities and are empowered to effect change in their communities. The United States is proud to be your partner on these issues and will continue to stand with Kosovo and all of you here today, to advance human rights

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Chargé d’Affaires Remarks at the Kosovo Law Institute Roundtable

Chargé d’Affaires Remarks at the Kosovo Law Institute Roundtable, December 06, 2016 Thank you, Betim and Kosovo Law Institute for organizing this important discussion.  It is my pleasure to be here today to continue to show the Embassy’s support for the very important role the justice sector plays in the fight against corruption in Kosovo. …

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Chargé d’Affaires Hyland at the “Strategy and International Security” seminar

Good morning.  I want to thank the George C Marshall Centre and Kosovo Diplomatic Agency for organizing a seminar on such an important topic. This seminar on Strategy and International Security addresses Kosovo’s vital interests and its engagement in the region and globally. We are all dedicated to creating a world that is more peaceful …

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