Transparent Politics

Kosovo Election: A Crisis "Déjà Vu"

The simplest explanation for the outcome of the vote held on 11 June would be to use the title of a popular feature film from former Yugoslavia: Već viđeno (“Déjà vu”). After this latest snap election, the situation is so complicated that there is already an opinion prevailing that no solution can be found and that these results can with certainty lead only to a new snap parliamentary election.

By Ismet Hajdari

Why Kosovo needs climate friendly energy alternatives?

Kosovo cannot absorb additional lignite-exploitation without fundamentally endangering its living environment. EU perspective of Kosovo dictates climate and energy policy framework and direction that is to a large extent incompatible with the current developments

By Jasminka Young

Some Sensitive Issues of Serbia's Economy

 In light of the stagnant economy, fiscal problems are coming to the forefront. They consist of high state expenditure which is partially financed by indebtedness, but also of irrational utilization of loans taken, which are being used as a means for buying the social peace, instead for investments – for example, in infrastructure.

By Miroslav Prokopijević

Global Climate Movements Seek Fossil Fuel Company Transparency on Future Viability of Oil, Coal, Gas

"When you're stuck in a hole, the first rule is to stop digging. We can't solve the climate crisis if we're still digging more and more coal, oil and gas out of the ground. It's time for regulators to take climate risk seriously and push fossil fuel companies to show how their business plans comply with the global goal of limiting warming to below 2°C. Fossil fuels have always been a bad bet for our planet, they're now an increasingly bad bet for our investments, as well." (May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org)
 

Democraturas are flourishing in EU's yard

At the panel discussion "Media (un) freedom in South Eastern Europe" on July 9, 2015 journalists from Bulgaria, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia reported on the highly critical situation of the media system in their countries.

By Adelina Marini

Coaliton 27 Report on Serbia's progress in the Chapter 27 (Environment and Climate Change) of the EU pre-accession negotation

Contribution of Coalition 27 to Serbia 2014 Progress Report, Overview of Chapter 27: Environment and Climate Change.  

Coalition 27 consists of: Belgrade Open School, CEKOR, Environment Improvement Centre, GM Optimist, NGO Fractal, WWF Serbia, and Young Researchers of Serbia .

The Report was written with the support of Climate Action Network Europe and Heinrich Boell Foundation Southeastern Europe.

Patriotism and Systemic Plunder

For a long time corruption in Serbia has been linked to patriotism. Today it is tackled in a very problematic “patriotic” way.

By Andreas Poltermann, Tanja Nikolić Đaković

Transparent politics

For accession to the European Union it is decisive that corruption and its roots in state capture and partocracy have to be successfully overcome.

Publications

University Walls

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In the landscape of Montenegrin higher education institutions, which are not leading the way in any segment of contemporary education, the lack of transparency is an additional cause for concern, especially taking into account an increasing trend of “raising walls” around universities. 
Thus far, there was no research of transparency of higher education institutions in Montenegro that could offer an overview of these institutions’ attitude towards transparency based on indicators, as well as of the availability of information on their websites, as the main source of such information to the public. Hence, this study has a twofold objective: to offer an overview of the current state of
affairs with regard to availability of information on university websites, and to provide the starting point for monitoring future progress.

Perspectives SEE - Captured states in the Balkans #4

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This issue of Perspectives deals with the phenomenon of state capture - corruption and nepotism and their impact on the rule of law and the lives of citizens in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It also highlights the practice of allocating jobs to suitable and non-competent people, the influence of politics on education, freedom of the press, nationalism as an instrument of political elites for power conservation, and other issues.

Transparent Politics

Balkan countries are suffering direly from corruption and state capture by political parties and politicized state administrations. Transparency and open government aims to fight corruption and state capture. Citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government, in order to enable effective public oversight.

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