On June 6th, 2016 in Pristina, the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) presented the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Country Report for Kosovo 2015. Taulant Hoxha, KCSF Program Director, provided a retrospective of the environment in which civil society operated during 2015, highlighting the key issues that need to be addressed. He pointed out that the environment appeared to be favorable towards CSOs when it comes to freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and access to information technology. That notwithstanding, he announced that state funding for civil society remains the most problematic issue, urging the Government to proceed with drafting the necessary legal framework for the functioning of public funding model in a consultative manner. More so, Hoxha pointed out that the state shall not interfere in CSO’ work, recommending that the provision which allows the Department for NGOs to suspend CSOs be removed immediately. In a similar manner, he recommended that provisions that are restrictive to CSOs be removed from the Law on Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing and that every next move shall be based on a proper risk assessment for the sector. Habit Hajredini, Director of the Office for Good Governance and Venera Hajrullahu, KCSF Director had their addresses during the presentation.
The full report is available in English and Albanian language, whereas more information is available here.