Kosovo has already made important strides on the road to recovery from a terrible war that devastated so many families, and that is still causing far too many too much pain. Citizens can be rightfully proud of the steps their government has already made on the path toward reconciliation, including your inclusive laws and multi-ethnic government. Kosovo’s commitment to normalize relations with Serbia is laudable, and real progress has been made that is tangibly benefitting Kosovo citizens; we will continue to work for further progress.
Progress on property rights is essential to a better future for the people of Kosovo, for economic development, women’s economic inclusion and empowerment, Euro-Atlantic integration, and progress towards the rule of law and human rights.
I am very encouraged to hear the Kosovo Government has approved a comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy and Action Plan. To open this important event today, I would like to say a few words today about the nexus between cybersecurity and privacy.
The digital economy is booming around the world – creating new jobs and opportunities we couldn’t have imagined even a decade ago. Increasingly our lives are interconnected and online – from our critical infrastructure and national security systems, to our cars and bank accounts, the digital economy has brought us efficiency and greater effectiveness.
One of the extraordinary things about serving here in Kosovo is that every day I get to see the innovation of Kosovo’s entrepreneurs, and the determination of so many of you who are driving economic development. And there are so many different people- I was at a Makerspace in Gjakova a couple of months ago and I had the same kind of feeling there. And Gjirafa and you, Mergim, and your whole team are such an extraordinary example of this.
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U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section has opened the call for applications for the Fulbright Specialist program. This program allows Kosovo institutions (academic, government, civil society) to submit projects for assistance from a U.S. specialist. Deadline for receipt of applications for this program will be open until March 1, 2017. All information about this program can be found in our website; in
The holiday season in the U.S. means festive celebrations and decorations. Thousands of ornaments, wishes and messages of hope fill the White House.
The letter from the Secretary General sets the stage for additional cooperation, but it also reaffirms the important progress that Kosovo has already made in aligning its values with those of the Alliance. It confirms that Kosovo’s future lies firmly in the Euro-Atlantic family.
Tonight we are lucky to also have with us 20 talented young artists from across Kosovo, who have used artistic expression to advocate for inter-ethnic inclusion and reconciliation. And we can see their talent and passion on display here tonight.
Accountability for judges and prosecutors is fundamentally important to implementing the rule of law. An effective disciplinary system is the key to establishing that accountability. We are not talking about crimes; we are talking about actions that are ethical violations or call into question the judgment or impartiality of a judge or prosecutor.
I’m pleased to be part of the launch of our new U.S. Embassy-supported project — the “Demand for Justice” program – which will be working on some innovative ideas to improve citizens’ access to justice. For example, I was excited to hear about the initiative for Kosovo law students – under the guidance and mentorship of experienced lawyers – to provide pro bono legal assistance to Kosovo citizens, who otherwise could not afford legal representation. The program also will reach out to Kosovo’s youth in different ways to involve them in the rule of law sector.
From our perspective, here at the Embassy, I think we’ve had a good year so far. We have raised awareness, a lot, about the problem of corruption. We have supported projects that make corruption less likely to happen, for example electronic procurement, and we are supporting prosecutors, judges and police on how to deal, investigate and prosecute corruption cases.
For five days, organizations across Kosovo have come together with a common message: united against corruption, bashkë e ndreqim. We have heard from government leaders, civil society, the international community and the media that the time has come for meaningful action in the fight against corruption. Tonight, I want to tell you that now it is your turn to take action.
I encourage both the Government and civil society to treat the Strategy as a living document – reflective of the progress made, but also incorporating the feedback of challenges still to be overcome.
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
We believe that corruption is one of the most important problems that Kosovo faces as it looks to build a future integrated into the Euro-Atlantic and international community. It is a central issue in the public’s mind and also a key theme from Brussels.
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. When Ambassador Delawie participated in
USAID Kosovo Acting Mission Director Mike De La Rosa remarks on Fighting Corruption through Transparency of Public Spending, December 6, 2016 Thank you very much Nora. And thanks to everyone else for taking the time to be here today. (Minister Hoti and Mr. Besnik Osmani) I appreciate the opportunity to emphasize the U.S. Embassy and USAID’s commitment to fighting corruption
I am proud to see a coalition of embassies, donor organizations and, most importantly, Kosovo’s civil society, who are turning up the volume, proposing concrete solutions, and compelling action in the battle against corruption.
I’m particularly encouraged to see progress on the issue of diversity. Progress on this front is essential because the KSF will only be at its best when it draws upon the talents of ALL segments of Kosovo’s society
One of the extraordinary things for me about serving here in Kosovo is that every day I get to see the innovation of Kosovo’s entrepreneurs and the determination of so many businessmen and women, who are driving Kosovo’s economic development.
I think United States foreign policy regarding Balkans has been remarkably consistent for the last couple of decades. whether there has been a Republican in the White House or a Democrat in the White House. I don’t really expect that to change. Regarding Kosovo as well, certainly there has been very strong support for Kosovo across political spectrum in the United States so, I expect the excellent relationship between Kosovo and the United States to continue.
I think people are very interested here. People ask me about the elections wherever I go and that has been going on for a while now. I think that relates to the high level of interest in the American elections this particular year, and it is similar to what we see in other countries.
I have been talking about the Justice Sector Strengthening Project for months, so I am extremely happy to be here today to kick off this important part of the whole initiative.
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As a daughter, I have been blessed and supported by my parents to achieve all that was available to me, legally and socially. I have been able to exercise my right to education, to employment, ownership and inheritance.
Failure to make more progress on these issues not only harms Kosovo’s women and girls, but also erodes the country’s overall economic development. That’s why this issue is even bigger than women’s rights and inclusion – it’s fundamentally about how Kosovo chooses to grow its economy, build prosperity, and pass it on to the next generation.
Thank you so much for inviting me to join you in promoting “Equal Rights for All!” This event is a testament to the fact that the human rights of LGBTI persons are in fact expanding. I hope our efforts over the coming days will increase cooperation to further LGBTI rights, as you have said Mr. Chairman, both in Kosovo and
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 and stable; united in our
Mirëdita. Dobar dan. Good morning everybody. Mayor Ahmeti, representatives of KFC, thank you very much for this celebration and for inviting me to be here. I can tell you, it’s an absolute pleasure for me to be here and to see so many potential customers of all ages. The opening of KFC is a major step in demonstrating an improved
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Thank you all for coming! This is the fourth annual America Night at Dokufest. This is my first time hosting this reception, and I am happy to celebrate Dokufest and Dokutech and the American filmmakers, producers and festival directors joining us tonight. I’m honored that we can do this event in the beautiful Sheh Zade House. I am delighted that
President, Prime Minister, Minister Bajrami, Government of Kosovo officials. Rectors and other University Officials. Fulbright Alumni. Distinguished Guests. It is with great pleasure that I join you here today for this momentous signing ceremony. This year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program—proposed by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945 and enacted by President Harry Truman the
Mirembrema; Dobro vecer; Good evening. Mister President, Mister Speaker, Mister Prime Minister, Senator Ernst, General Orr, General Gronski, Citizens of Kosovo, members of the international community, and my fellow Americans. Welcome to our Independence Day celebration. I think it is particularly appropriate that we had Senator Bob Corker here to help celebrate Kosovo’s Independence Day in February, and today we
Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch Event of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF), April 26, 2016 Good morning. Speaker Veseli, Prime Minister Mustafa, Ambassador Viets, distinguished guests, good morning to everybody and welcome. I cannot tell you all how excited I am to be here talking about an economic issue. I was actually an economist before I was a
On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of Kosovo as you celebrate your eighth anniversary of independence on February 17. During my visit to Kosovo in December, I applauded the recent progress your country has made toward Euro-Atlantic integration. This progress includes