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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Ambassador Delawie’s OP-ED for Zeri

In my time here, Kosovo’s economy has continued to grow: debt is at manageable levels, budgets are balanced, and public revenues are rising.  Local businesses are benefiting from an improved business climate fueled by greater access to credit, streamlined regulations, and increased market connections.  These positive steps are reflected in Kosovo’s recent rise to 40th ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Swearing-In of the Fifth Group of Peace Corps Volunteers

The United States is one of Kosovo’s closest friends and supporters. Despite what you may read in the press, that has not changed; and that will not change. The partnership between our countries is deep and multi-dimensional, and we work hard every day to advance our common goals of democracy, security, and prosperity.
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Launch of the Procurement Transparency Index Annual Report

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch of the Procurement Transparency Index Annual Report, August 7, 2018 It’s great to be here with you all. Thank you for joining us today. I’m really happy to be here for the launch of the Procurement Transparency Index. I think we all know that procurement reform is critical for addressing corruption ...
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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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Ambassador’s Remarks at 2018 Independence Day Celebration

As we commemorate our 242nd year of independence, we also celebrate our special partnership with Kosovo that deepens with each passing year.  When we celebrated Kosovo’s 10th anniversary earlier this year, it was an occasion to reflect on the impressive progress made in your first decade of statehood, working alongside partners and friends, many of ...
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Success in agriculture is no accident

Success is no accident, and whether it's in agriculture, the rule of law, energy security, or anything else, there are no shortcuts.  It takes information, collaboration, courage, and a lot of persistence to change minds and achieve lasting results.  It takes a level playing field in which merit and hard work are rewarded, to inspire ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the 10th Anniversary of Kosovo’s Constitution

And I cannot, on this day that coincidently is the same day the Constitutional Court loses quorum, omit a call for the urgent selection and appointment of professional, apolitical, experienced justices to fill the remaining vacancies. Leaving this critical institution non-functional is unacceptable, and packing it politically would be a tragedy for the Court and ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Statement for Eagle 6 Distinguished Visitors Day

Ambassador Delawie’s Statement for Eagle 6 Distinguished Visitors Day, May 11, 2018 Wow! What a great exercise the Kosovo Security Force has put on with the successful execution of Eagle 6. This disaster response exercise is timely, and a great demonstration of the critical services the KSF provide to all of Kosovo’s citizens. I’m really ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks for Library Week in Kosovo

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks for Library Week in Kosovo, April 10, 2018 Good morning everyone.  Prime Minister Haradinaj, Minister Gashi, Director Gajraku, librarians, it is my pleasure to be here once again to kick-off the 16th edition of Library Week in Kosovo. Libraries, and more importantly their trained staff, are cornerstones of the community and essential to ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference

Pristina is a very interesting city, full of vibrant ideas and young people eager to bring Kosovo closer to the Euro-Atlantic future we all aspire to for them.  However, I think you will see that there are significant infrastructure challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years.  I’m excited to hear the ideas ...
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KSF/KBP Trauma Management Training Graduation Ceremony

The U.S. Embassy’s Civil Military Support Element has built strong relationships with both KSF and KBP for more than four years now.  The fruits of those relationships are events like these.  Events which show the true professionalism and dedication of the men and women, who selflessly volunteer to serve and protect the lives of their ...
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Marriott Signing Ceremony at Marigona Residence

The U.S. Embassy strongly supports engagement from U.S. companies in Kosovo, and these two hotels will provide significant economic benefits for Kosovo’s citizens, as well as providing a comfortable place for its visitors to stay.  In addition to generating millions of euros in construction and annual revenue, they will also employ around 150 people with ...
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Ambassador Delawie Remarks for Week of Women 2018: Corruption as a Threat to Democracy

Ambassador Delawie Remarks for Week of Women 2018: Corruption as a Threat to Democracy, March 20, 2018 Welcome everyone, it’s great to be back here at the annual Week of Women.  And I think this year’s theme really captures the defining challenges facing Kosovo: the struggle to build an equitable, inclusive society and the fight against corruption. ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Third High-Level Energy Forum

There are few issues more critical to Kosovo’s future than a secure, reliable, and independent energy supply and a diversified energy market.  Right now energy insecurity is costing Kosovo’s economy about €335 million a year, and that’s just not sustainable for any country.  But the cost is much broader than even that staggering sum conveys ...
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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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Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with Kossev

Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with Kossev, March 5, 2018 Kossev: It has been your first visit after the assassination of designated Serbian political leader, Mr. Oliver Ivanovic. The Embassy reacted immediately after this tragic event – you strongly condemned it. And, you are spending the day – all day long here in the North Mitrovica. Who did ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Completion Ceremony for 3rd Round of Energy Internships

As Kosovo’s energy sector takes big steps to modernize itself, this internship program is therefore playing a pivotal role at a pivotal time, equipping students with the skills and technical knowledge they need to lead the sector into the future.  It also helps attract needed talent to the sector by giving students confidence that their ...
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Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs Robert Story Karem Remarks at Kosovo State Reception

Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs Robert Story Karem Remarks at Kosovo State Reception, 18 February 2018   President Thaci, Prime Minister Haradinaj, Assembly Speaker Veseli, other distinguished foreign colleagues, I am honored to stand with you today on behalf of the United States of America to congratulate you—and all citizens of Kosovo—on the 10th Anniversary ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with RTV 21 for Kosovo’s Independence Day

Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with RTV 21 for Kosovo’s Independence Day, February 14, 2018 RTV 21: Welcome to our studio! Ambassador Delawie: Thank you, it is great to be here. RTV 21: It is 10 years of independence, a decade of statehood. Looking back, would you consider Kosovo a story of success? Ambassador Delawie: Absolutely yes. Kosovo ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s remarks at the Agriculture Graduate Placement Program 

I’ve met with countless agribusinesses and local farmers since I came to Kosovo and I’ve seen first-hand how their hard work has changed their lives and their livelihoods.  It’s inspiring, and I’m so proud of our partnership as we work to generate increased returns on investment, reach new markets, improve quality standards – and above ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Annual Conference of Prosecutors

I hope that you will use this conference productively to discuss your most pressing concerns and challenges and come up with concrete suggestions for improvements of Kosovo’s prosecutorial and judicial systems. The U.S. Embassy will continue to assist you in these efforts and we look forward to continuing our work with you.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Cyber Security and Privacy Conference

The U.S. Embassy strongly supports Kosovo’s efforts to increase its cybersecurity capabilities, both in the public and private sectors.  I am glad to see so many other people here who share that commitment, especially the Prime Minister, the Speaker, other members of Kosovo’s Government, civil society, private businesses, it is great to be here with ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with Bota Sot for New Year Edition

It is incredible to consider how far Kosovo has come in 10 years. Kosovo should be proud of its democratic legislative framework, free and credible elections, and growing economy. Of course, the challenge for Kosovo’s next ten years is: how can this country tackle next-level problems like corruption, an efficient energy supply, equal opportunities for ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at Kosova e Re Signing Ceremony

Congratulations to both parties. This is a great day for Kosovo’s energy security. This success is thanks to many. I want to acknowledge the leadership of President Thaci, Prime Minister Haradinaj, Ministers, and members of the Project Steering Committee. I think it is also important to point out the important contributions of former Prime Minister ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Statement for the Signing of the USAID Development Grant Agreement

December is always a good time to look back and review the year we’re bidding farewell to, and this past one recorded significant achievements. Kosovo went through peaceful elections and transition to a new government; witnessed Kosovo as a top ten reformer in the World Bank Doing Business report; integrated Kosovo’s courts; and soon, the ...
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High-Level Donor Forum on the Rule of Law and Education Sectors

High-Level Donor Forum on the Rule of Law and Education Sectors, December 11, 2017 Good morning, Prime Minister Haradinaj, Ambassador Apostolova, Ministers, fellow diplomatic and donor colleagues. Looking around this room, it’s clear that Kosovo has a lot of friends and partners working to make a difference here. The U.S. partnership with Kosovo remains strong, and ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at TechCamp Kosovo: Combating Corruption in the Balkans Closing Ceremony

The Embassy supported all of these activities because fighting corruption and improving the rule of law in Kosovo are our top priorities.  Everything depends on this – from economic development to education to visa liberalization – every aspiration and ambition of Kosovo’s citizens depends on progress in tackling corruption. 
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Ambassador Delawie Closes Anti-Corruption Week with Quint & EU Counterparts

Ambassador Delawie Closes Anti-Corruption Week with Quint & EU Counterparts, December 9, 2017 This week over the course of 35 events and countless debates and discussions, we took a stand together in the fight against corruption in Kosovo. I’d like to offer a huge thank you to the NGO Coalition that worked so hard for ...
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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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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund MOU Signing with SIDA

Today, the Fund receives a big boost from our friends at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, who will sign up to guarantee €10 million euros in KCGF loans.  This is a critical contribution that will help ensure the resilience and the sustainability of the Fund.  Sweden was an early supporter of this credit initiative, and ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with KTV

Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with KTV,  December 5, 2017 KTV: Welcome to Rubikon Mr. Ambassador. Ambassador Delawie: Thank you Adriatik, it is great to be here. KTV: We are in Anti-Corruption Week in Kosovo. The Embassy is sponsoring the Anti-Corruption Campaign. What are the key issues that the U.S. Embassy is involved in this area? Ambassador Delawie: ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Week Opening Press Conference

Defeating corruption is a long-term challenge for Kosovo, but meeting that challenge requires taking action now.  That’s why Anti-Corruption Week is so important.  Led by Kosovo civil society, many of us who work to end corruption are here to raise our voices, to propose ideas, and to demand action.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Annual Judicial Conference

As you know, strengthening rule of law is my top priority.  And by that I mean, helping to strengthen Kosovo’s rule of law institutions and helping the country to fight corruption.  The United States is a strong supporter of rule of law in Kosovo, and our focus is on enhancing accountability, transparency, and efficiency in ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the EducationUSA Alumni College Fair

In addition to our programs, there are many more opportunities out there.  The American Advising Center can help students find the right academic program and scholarship opportunities. I am proud of the work they do year-round to provide advising, test preparation, and application assistance to students across Kosovo. I want to encourage any student with ...
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The launch of the University of Prishtina’s Career Center Database and Alumni Website

An important part of what career centers can do is connect students to vast alumni networks that have the power to play a huge role in the professional development of the talented individuals who follow in their footsteps.  In fact, in the U.S., it’s not uncommon for alumni to interview you before you even get ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Millennium Challenge Cocktail Reception

As I’ve noted before, $49 million is one of the largest Threshold grants ever approved by the MCC, and it is far and away the largest on a per capita basis.  And with it comes a huge responsibility for Kosovo’s new government to implement the program with efficiency, with transparency, and of course with results.
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Ambassador Delawie’s remarks at the International Law Enforcement Academy Alumni Reception

We and your sponsoring institutions selected you for ILEA training not as a reward for your past accomplishments but as an investment in future partners who will end the culture of corruption and political interference in the judicial and security sectors in Kosovo.  You now have an obligation to take what you’ve learned and use ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks to RTK

I came to express my personal condolences regarding the attack on his wife that happened earlier this week. I reject violence of any kind, the United States rejects violence of any kind as a political tool. I certainly expressed our personal concern regarding the attack on Ms. Stavileci and I also delivered a letter from ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s remarks at the Coca-Cola Park Opening

I am very pleased to see Coca-Cola’s worldwide CSR commitment to give back to local communities taking root here in Kosovo and I look forward to Coca-Cola’s continued leadership in the field. I would certainly encourage other Kosovo-based businesses to look at what they can do for their communities, whether here in Pristina or elsewhere ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Fourth of July Interview with Radio Kosova

Ambassador Delawie’s Fourth of July Interview with Radio Kosova, July 4, 2017 Radio Kosova: Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for the interview and for the chance to speak with us. Happy 241st Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. How do you celebrate the marking of this occasion this year? Ambassador Delawie: Thank you very ...
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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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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Via Dinarica Trail Inauguration

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Via Dinarica Trail Inauguration, June 15, 2017 Thank you very much.  I’m really excited to see so many enthusiastic mountain climbers – real mountain climbers and amateurs, like me – today to enjoy the beautiful mountains and beautiful weather.  It is absolutely terrific. This is actually my first opportunity to see the ...
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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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Ambassador Delawie’s Election Video Statement

Ambassador Delawie’s Election Video Statement (June 9, 2017) Congratulations, Kosovo.  You’ve made it through the campaign season and now you’re ready for the main event. On Sunday, after weeks of political debate, you will have the final word.  You will demonstrate that the citizens of Kosovo determine the future path of your country. The United ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at Democracy in Action Election Video Awards Ceremony

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at Democracy in Action Election Video Awards Ceremony, June 8, 2017 It’s great to be here today, and thank you to Democracy in Action and the Kosovo Democratic Institute for putting this wonderful event together on such a beautiful day and for creating such a creative and effective public outreach campaign.  I think ...
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Launching Ceremony of the Kosovo Crime Victim Compensation Program

The program is a step in Kosovo’s evolving justice system. After today, victims will finally be able to seek compensation from the state for their injuries. While this allows Kosovo to meet its international obligations, it is absolutely essential to help victims regain some of what was taken from them, to avoid being victimized a ...
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Regional Conference of Women Judges & Prosecutors

I am really pleased to see judges and prosecutors, representatives from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Romania. Women have not always had a significant voice and role in the Balkans, as you all know far better than I. Fortunately that situation is changing. And conferences like this illustrate just how far the Balkans ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at Corruption Roundtable

As prosecutors you are a very important component in the fight against corruption and crucial to stopping public officials from abusing their power and authority for personal gain. I understand how hard this is. When you prosecute government figures, you will be subject to a high degree of scrutiny, media attention and possibly political pressure. ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Opening Remarks at the John F. Kennedy Photo Exhibit Opening

According to President Kennedy, a nation needs leaders with the courage to think beyond the traditional political patterns; those who will embrace difficult decisions, rather than shrinking from their responsibilities to the nation. This is the courage to which I, as a public servant, must aspire—and this is also the courage to which our democracy—and ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with KTV

I met with a number of Parliamentarians from a couple of parties to promote passage of the Border Demarcation Agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro. I made it clear that the State Department carefully reviewed the documents related to the agreement and determined that it accurately represented the border delineated in the Ahtisaari Plan and the ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch of the Functional Review of the Rule of Law Sector

While this is an effort for Kosovo, and led by Kosovo institutions, I believe the international community also has an important contributory role to play. We are committed to your success, and have contributed resources and expertise to help you. I encourage you to take advantage of that, and come to us as you need ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the 2nd High-Level Energy Forum

Since 1999 we’ve been committed to providing technical assistance to the energy sector, including our current partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and to the energy regulator to support clean energy project development and facilitate private sector investment. We’re also supporting KEK in the last stages of its unbundling, and KOSTT in its regional ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks and Discussion at FOL Hapur

As you know, the United States and Kosovo share a special history and the United States is fully committed to Kosovo’s success. I speak about this often. Since even before Kosovo’s independence, my government has invested millions of dollars in this country to help strengthen rule of law and democratic governance; to facilitate economic growth; ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the AmCham Anniversary Reception

It is pretty remarkable to think you all have been embracing American business values since before Kosovo was an independent republic. To me, that suggests AmCham’s members and founders understood that economic growth – and the businesses that contribute to that growth – play an essential role in this country’s development and its security.
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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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Launch of the project “Removing the Ceiling for Equal Opportunities”

As you know, our Embassy has many programs to promote women rights in Kosovo. We support many projects connected to women’s property rights, as well as female entrepreneurship and small business. We engage on regular basis with the government, civil society, the business sector and all other relevant stakeholders to create positive change.
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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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Civil Society Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism

The Embassy has strongly supported the Government of Kosovo’s efforts to tackle this issue. And now that the Government’s Strategy and Action Plan for countering violent extremism is well established at the national level, it is critical that community leaders take the reins to ensure local level implementation moves forward.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the World Bank Women in Online Work (WOW)

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the World Bank Women in Online Work (WOW) Event, February 27, 2017 Mirëdita.  Dobar dan.  Good morning everybody.  It’s great to be here. Thank you very much, Prime Minister, Deputy Minister, diplomatic colleagues, participants in WOW. I’m really pleased to be here today to recognize this innovative program.  And I have to say ...
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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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Consultative Meeting on the establishment of the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation

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 ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Cyber Security and Privacy Conference

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 ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch of Internet Economy Development Partnership

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 ...
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Ambassador Delawie Remarks on Preventing Violent Extremism

The United States Embassy strongly supports your efforts to prevent violent extremism and I was very encouraged to hear the opening remarks from our two first speakers today. I’m also very encouraged by these events that empower local officials, communities and citizens to be active in facing Kosovo’s challenges. It is particularly important on this ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks on Women’s Property Rights

Progress on women’s property rights is one of my top priorities, and something that I feel quite strongly about. This topic brings to the fore so many critical issues that we all care about: women’s economic empowerment, social inclusion, human rights, the rule of law, not to mention Kosovo’s economic development. I think the extent ...
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Ambasador Delawie’s Interview with Kosovo Law Institute for RTK

Last week was absolutely a terrific week, and we are very pleased with the results of Anti-Corruption Week. Just our Embassy sponsored about 25 different events, and of course our NGO partners and other people in Kosovo did another couple dozen. We were very pleased with the way things went. We are also very happy ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s remarks at the launch of Law on Office of Disciplinary Conduct

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.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Bench-Bar/Civil Society Roundtable on Anti-Corruption Day

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 ...
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Ambassador Delawie remarks at the Anti-Corruption Concert

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 ...
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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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Ambassador Delawie Discusses U.S. Elections

Our policy regarding Kosovo and regarding the Western Balkans has been very similar from administration to administration. Our broad policy for Europe for many years has been to promote a Europe whole, free and at peace. I don’t right now see any reason to expect that will change. My intention is to continue to work ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Council meeting

Corruption is extremely important for economic issues and political issues, and everything else you can imagine. I have said before there is not a magic wand that will solve this problem. It requires hard work from society and government along multiple lines to both investigate, prosecute and convict corrupt officials and to make it harder ...
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UK/U.S.-Kosovo Trade & Investment Forum

Since its independence in 2008, Kosovo has made substantial progress in establishing and developing free market policies and legislation, and in improving its business climate. These steps were recognized in the World Bank’s just-released Doing Business 2017 report, which shows Kosovo moving four places up the rankings this year, from 64 to 60. Kosovo got ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Access English Microscholarship Program Ceremony

I’m very happy to be one of the first people to congratulate this gifted group of students. I’m so impressed by your dedication and your perseverance, but perhaps most of all, by your willingness to use your free time to learn English and American culture.
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National Conference to Mark the Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Kosovo

President Thaci, Minister Hoxha, Mr. Isufaj, justices and prosecutors, diplomatic colleagues, and honored guests. Good morning. This is an important annual event for Kosovo and one that the American Embassy has strongly supported since it began seven years ago. Since I arrived in Kosovo, I have spent a great deal of time talking about the ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Women’s Economic Forum Inauguration

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 ...
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A Message from Ambassador Delawie

A Message from Ambassador Delawie, October 7, 2016 Mirëdita, dobar dan, hello to all of you across Kosovo. As summer turns to fall, we’re still talking about the same unresolved issues.  Instead of pushing for progress and creating positive change, you can hardly watch TV these days without hearing accusations of who is wrong, a ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the “Equal Rights for All” Conference

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. ...
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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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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the KFC Opening Ceremony

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 ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Statement at the Signing of the USAID Development Grant

Thank you very much Mr. President, it is certainly a pleasure for us to be here and I particularly appreciate the presence of Margot Ellis, our Deputy Assistant Administrator from Washington D.C. who is here to help witness this important agreement. I think it is safe to say we are all very delighted to be ...
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Roundtable on Business Ethics and Corruption

Thank you Arian for the kind introduction and the opportunity to speak once again to this group about the importance of business ethics and anti-corruption efforts.  Fighting corruption is something I care deeply about, and it’s one of my government’s top priorities.  Secretary Kerry addressed this issue when he visited Kosovo last December, and, more ...
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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at the conclusion of a bilateral meeting with President

Thank you very much, Mr. President. I’ve been to Kosovo many times. Looking at Mr. Rugova’s photograph or painting as I came down the stairs. I’ve met with him many times, as well. It goes back a long way. And I always enjoy coming. People back home ask me why I keep coming to Kosovo. ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Dokufest America Night Reception

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 ...
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Ambassador’s remarks at the Border Demarcation Roundtable

President, Speaker, Prime Minister, Moderator, Commission, Members of Parliament, experts and other observers, I am glad to see all parties gathered in one place to listen to both concerns and support for this issue. I think this will be a useful opportunity to put the various arguments on the table for public understanding and to ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the USAID Property Rights Program

Thank you for the kind introduction, Merita.  I’ve had a warm welcome on my first visit to Viti/Vitina.  Greetings Deputy Prime Minister Kuçi, Mayor Haliti and other distinguished guests including Supreme Court Chief Justice Hasani and Kosovo Judicial Council Chairperson Idrizi. Like all parents, I want the best for my children — and that includes ...
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The Launch of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund with USAID Kosovo

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 ...
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Ambassador Delawie Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Council Meeting

Ambassador Delawie Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Council Meeting, Friday, September 25, 2015 Thank you, Madame President, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, and other distinguished guests. I commend you for working together on a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach to Kosovo’s fight against corruption. Since arriving in this country, I have made no secret of my priorities. I ...
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