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 future as a strong and valued member of the world trading system. As a demonstration of our commitment to those beliefs, I welcome you to this workshop.
I know there has been concern about this everywhere in the region. But I have been watching very carefully, of course, what’s going on in Washington and I can say that U.S. policy regarding the Balkans in general and Kosovo in particular has been very consistent over the last several decades whether there has been a Democrat or Republican in the White House. I have seen no indication that that’s going to change at this point.
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.
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 issue- the need to develop authentic ways to confront extremism and to build resilience to radicalization and violence.
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 to which women are able to thrive in Kosovo’s economic system is an indicator for Kosovo’s economic growth as a whole. And when we see that only 4% of women in Kosovo are able to inherit property and land, that only 19% own land, we know there is room for improvement.
DCM Colleen Hyland at Annual Conference of Prosecutors, January 28, 2017 Good morning. First, I want to let you know that the Ambassador really did want to be here this morning and unfortunately was called to other duties. So I am here to deliver to you the message that he wanted to give you. Thank you, Minister Hoxha, Chairman Isufaj, Chief
The U.S. has recognized Kosovo as a sovereign, independent country since 2008 and we respect the right of Kosovo to manage who and what crosses its borders. We are pleased that there were no confrontations at the border last night. The U.S. strongly supports the EU-moderated Dialogue as the best way forward for Kosovo-Serbia relations.
Questions regarding US policy vis a vis Serbia should be addressed to our Embassy in Belgrade. However, US policy regarding the Balkans has been relatively consistent over the last two decades regardless of which party was in the White House. We have seen no indication that this will change.
Kosovo is one of our strongest partners, and we look forward to continued cooperation on this extremely important issue.
I think the future of Kosovo depends on all the communities working together to make progress on behalf of all the citizens.
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.
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 that the coalition of NGOs was able to come together and to figure out some joint strategy, so how to make progress on corruption, and that was a positive sign as well.
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.
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.
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
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
I think we all agree that corruption is a big problem in Kosovo. But sometimes when you want to find solutions for big problems, it’s easier to break them into smaller parts. One part of the solution is making it harder for corruption to happen. What can we do about that?
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
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 on the issues that I have been working on all along, such as corruption, economic growth and Kosovo’s integration into the European framework.
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 to be corrupted in the first place. My government is spending lots of money, millions of dollars every year, to support both of these objectives.
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.
It is a great honor for us to be able to celebrate your birthday with you. You are the ones who make it possible for us to do the important work we do.
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 credit for improvements in several categories: starting a business, tax compliance, and trading across borders.
Since I arrived in Kosovo I have been talking about the need to fight corruption. I want to highlight that I do not talk about the elimination of corruption, because unfortunately its eradication is not possible. But what is possible is the recognition and punishment of corruption when it is identified. This is something Kosovo can and must do.
Progress on women’s property rights is one of my top priorities, and something that I personally feel quite strongly about. So I’m pleased to speak to you all today…
For 25 years, the Alliance has been the primary guarantor of Balkans’ security – although as a side note, we should also acknowledge the very important and complementary role that the European Union has also played in bolstering regional stability using its own toolkit, as we heard yesterday from Amb. Apostolova.
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.
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.
As Secretary Kerry noted this summer upon the release of the annual Trafficking in Persons report, there are 20 million global victims of trafficking. These victims are everyday people who are robbed of their families and dreams by unscrupulous transnational criminal networks.
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 fight against corruption. I have
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
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 here for today’s signing ceremony.
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 recently, Vice President Biden addressed
Thank you very much, Director General Rafuna. It’s been really terrific to see the important work that the Customs Service does here every single day. The work of the Customs Service directly supports Kosovo’s security, its ability to uphold the rule of law, and of course Kosovo’s economic development. I talk a lot about corruption and rule of law and
RTV 21: Dear RTV21 audience, we are pleased to welcome U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie. Mr. Ambassador, welcome to RTV21. Ambassador Delawie: Thank you very much Besiana. It is great to be here. RTV 21: Let us start this conversation with the latest developments in the country. The most outspoken issue in the country lately and also things that
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. You cannot only call me Joe, you can call me anytime you need me. And, Mr. President, I was thinking about it on the way out here — it was 2001 when I came to Bondsteel with my son and I met you in Pristina that year. And both you and
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. It’s because every time I
Hi. I am here in Prizren at Dokufest. I am about to talk about corruption, which is my favorite topic to talk about in Kosovo. But, I tell you, I want to address couple of other issues, right now. First of all, this week, it started so well for Kosovo with Majlinda Kelmendi winning the gold medal at the Olympics
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, 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 inform the parliament deputies before
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 the right to own property.
KoSSev: Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has just completed her visit to the region. She was in Pristina the day before yesterday. She was in Belgrade yesterday. What were her key messages to Kosovo leadership, to Serbian leadership? Or, if you want to make any kind of additional comment to that visit, how important that visit was. The public
Radio Free Europe (RFE): Ambassador Delawie, thank you very much for sharing your time with Radio Free Europe today. Ambassador Delawie: You are very welcome. It is my pleasure to be here. RFE: Thank you. When you got here, you found a turbulent Kosovo and it still continues to be, almost a year since your arrival. Is it getting any
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
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 have said I would like