Part of the mission of the Ambassador is to promote cultural exchange between the U.S. and Kosovo, in part through the use of American art via the Art in Embassies program. Created in 1963, this program enables ambassadors to display works of American art in their residences. Most works are on loan from museums, galleries, and artists that share our belief in art as a universal language that brings people together.
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.
There is a brightness to the current situation in Kosovo. If you think about the journey that Kosovo has been on, celebrating nine years of independence in a remarkably stable environment. The economy is growing and this is a country just filled with possibilities. So, it is not without its challenges and that is one of the reasons that we’re here.
Kosovo is our first stop. Why is that the case? Because this country is so important. The whole world is watching Kosovo. The whole world is rooting for Kosovo in some ways. We certainly are. We realize that a stable Kosovo and one in which all parties are included in governance is one that we can greatly celebrate.
A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives arrives in Pristina today for two days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). The HDP is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions. The delegation visiting Kosovo will be led by HDP Chairman, Congressman Peter Roskam (Republican-Illinois) and include Ranking Member Congressman David Price (Democrat-North Carolina), Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican- Nebraska), and Congressman Gerry Connolly (Democrat-Virginia).