As we enter the second year of Kurti’s government it is time reflect on how the first year went.
The Kurti government took office on March 22, 2021 in the middle of the Covid-19 public health crisis. Dealing with the pandemic was the highest priority in the governing program.
But the public health crisis was not the only crisis during the first 365 days of this government. The energy crisis and rising inflation made things significantly more difficult and worsened the situation for Kosovars. Kurti responded to these crises by investing in social support policies, a central commitment in his governing program.
At the same time, human rights violations, especially femicide and violence against women, continued to undermine trust in the justice system. Meanwhile, the government did not do that well with the media. Many editors have complained of the government closing themselves off from media access as well as a lack of regular press conferences.
And as the war in Ukraine highlighted the need to strengthen the state of Kosovo in the global political configuration, dialogue with Serbia has stalled, as have new recognitions and Kosovo’s quest to gain membership in international organizations.
We often hear that the blame for the deficient aspects of Kosovo’s state lies in 20 years of misgovernment. But how has Kurti’s government managed the crises they’ve faced in their first year? And what can and should we expect from this government in the next three years?
Our discussion will be moderated by Kosovo 2.0’s Editor-in-Chief Besa Luci. We will be joined by:
- Përparim Kryeziu, Spokesperson for the Government
- Brikenda Rexhepi, Editor-in-Chief of KOHA
- Leonida Molliqaj, Executive Director of QIKA
Translation in English and Serbian will be provided.K
Feature Image: Arrita Katona / K2.0.
This talk is organized with the financial support of the European Union, as part of the project “Citizens Engage”, implemented by Kosovo 2.0 with GAP Institute. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Kosovo 2.0 and GAP Institute and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.
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