2. October. 2019. | 03:08

MSC: Interests of the Kosovo Serb community are ignored in electoral programs

Economic development, combating corruption and nepotism, as well as a need of return to the technical level of dialogue, which tackled everyday problems of citizens of Kosovo, alongside high-level political negotiations on the status of Kosovo within the Brussels framework of dialogue, should have become the main basis of pre-election programs of all political options participating in the early elections in Kosovo and taking place on 6th of October – this was the main message conveyed during the debate ‘’Is the Serb community part of parties’ programs’’, which was organized last night in North Mitrovica.

Political analysts Nenad Radosavljević and Albinot Maloku have stated that interests of the Kosovo Serb community were not adequately represented political programs of all political options coming from this community (at least those presented from the beginning of the election campaign), if any of the parties have actually come up with a concrete political program. Moreover, they have pointed out that programs of political parties with a Kosovo Albanian background did not even consider addressing the needs of the Kosovo Serb community.

Panelists have shared their views in regards to respecting the position of citizens as voters. In this regard, panelists have pointed out that during the pre-election period, general policies of political subjects have functioned for the purposes of promotion of day-to-day popularity of political representatives, while the interests of the common people, especially those that belong to the Serb community, have to a lesser extent, if not at all, been taken into account. When asked to comment on potential changes that could be brought after the elections, Radosavljević said that he does not expect any drastic changes in favor of improving position of the Serb community. On the other hand, Maloku stated that there will definitely be changes among the Kosovo Albanian political scene, which won’t be the case when it comes to political representatives of the Kosovo Serb community on the highest political level. Both of the panelists have agreed that possible surprises or shifts should be expected, since these representatives, judging by their decisions and policies, including their preservation of (decision-making) positions, were actually beneficial to both Belgrade and Prishtina.

When it comes to the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina facilitated by the EU, Radosavljević said that the dialogue itself is useful and that high representatives of the EU will definitely insist on it. Nonetheless, it is important for the citizens, disregarding their ethnic background, that the dialogue is revived on the technical level, which would consequently deal with everyday, administrative issues that burden them the most. Maloku added that it would be of great importance if this type of negotiations were to be led by representatives of Prishtina and Serbs living in Kosovo, due to the insights they have in regards to the situation on the local level.

This activity was organized within the scope of the project Mitrovica Social Club, which is implemented by NGO Aktiv and with financial support by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society.