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Workshop – “Community Rights Monitoring & Evaluation and the Use of Indicators: Challenges and Opportunities”

07.06.201312:21

On the 5th of June, under the organization of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), in hotel Sirius, a workshop named "Monitoring and evaluation of community rights and the use of indicators: Challenges and Opportunities" was held as a part of the project "Supporting effective governance for minority communities in Kosovo”. It was funded by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA).

The workshop’s purpose was to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the development of a comprehensive system for monitoring and evaluating the level of achievements of community rights in Kosovo.

Mr. Srdjan Popovic spoke on behalf of the Office of Community Affairs, who welcomed the initiative of ECMI, and emphasized that Kosovo laws are good, but that there is a lack of additional mechanisms which would help the law be more effectively and fully implemented in practice.

"Institutions standardization and transparency way of reporting, then establishment of a comprehensive data base with indicators, based on which the progress of each institution on specific question will be assessed, would help to many of us who deals with promotion and protection of the rights of communities, but will also contribute to more rapid progress in the EU accession process and compliance with best practices, "said Mr. Popovic.

In addition to representatives of ECMI, who informed participants about the draft document that will serve as a base for the introduction of the evaluation and monitoring of implementation of community rights, other speakers included: Norbert Rutche, Secretary / first security advisor at the Swiss Embassy, Language Commissioner, Slavisa Mladenovic, and Jasmina Zhivkoviq, Chairperson of the Assembly Committee for the rights and interests of communities.

Participants agreed that, in order to improve the implementation of the law on the rights of communities, it is essential to define basic indicators which will measure the implementation of the law and assessment level of community rights. In addition, the workshop participants concluded that it should be clearly stated that institutions will be responsible for collecting and reporting data, each in its field of competence.

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