Project title: Early Warning Report on Kosovo’s Compliance with Council of Europe Standards on Minority Rights
Duration: 9 months
Implementation period: January 16 – July 16, 2023
Supported by: Open Society Foundations for Albania (OSFA)
Status: In progress
The main objective of the project is to foster objectivity and inclusiveness in Kosovo’s admission process to the Council of Europe by assisting the involved parties (including Kosovo Government) in the assessment of democratic standards pertaining to the rights of non-majority communities.
The specific objective of the project is to produce the Early Warning Report on Kosovo’s Compliance with Council of Europe Standards on Minority Rights that assesses Kosovo’s compliance with democratic standards and best practices pertaining to minority rights, against the evaluation criteria and standards established by the Parliamentarian Assembly of Council of Europe.
By identifying the genuine interests of Kosovo Serbs that need to be preserved in the process of reaching a comprehensive agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, the project will:
- Contribute to the intensification of open and inclusive internal dialogue over the status of the Kosovo Serb community in potential scenarios of a comprehensive agreement.
- Assist the parties involved in the dialogue process to better understand Kosovo Serbs’ genuine interests and evaluate them against those currently presented in the dialogue process. With the risk of sounding over-ambitious, this may open a new space for discussions over the ‘compromise’ in reaching a comprehensive agreement or at least validate (part of) current demands to the parties involved.
- Contribute to the reconciliation process in Kosovo by developing a “people agenda” in discussions over the status of non-majority communities in Kosovo as this is one of the most persistent impediments of the stalemate in building trust among the communities.