Key recommendations

Key recommendations

Key recommendations of the report
1. The Department for NGOs should increase its capacities for proper implementation of its mandate, in particular, its staff should be trained on international principles of freedom of association and new provisions introduced by the recently adopted law on NGOs.
2. Financial Intelligence Unit, Ministry of Finance and Central bank should draft and adopt the specific regulatory framework reporting, as well as banking services to CSOs based on FATF recommendation 8, respectively by basing it on a sectoral risk assessment.
3. Ministry of Finance and Tax Administration of Kosovo should address the specificities of CSOs in the primary legislation as well as reporting forms, while also it should be harmonized with the NGO Law so to provide with specific benefits for CSOs. Capacities of civil servants for the implementation to effectively run the administrative procedures regarding tax exemption for CSOs should be increased, while businesses should be notified for such procedures.
4. Ministry of Finance together with the other budgetary organizations both on the central and local level should work on increasing transparency of public funds distributed to NGOs, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation. The system of data maintenance in terms of beneficiaries and amounts distributed to NGOs should be improved also capacities of public officials to fully implement requirements derived from the Regulation on public funds should be increased further.
5. The Office for Good Governance in the Office of Prime Minister (OGG OPM) should start allocating the whole budget as promised altogether with increasing its local human capacities for proper implementation of the Strategy for cooperation with civil society. Additionally, the evaluation methodology of the Strategy implementation should be updated in accordance with civil society demands.
6. Central level institutions should ensure that public consultation processes are organized entirely in accordance to the standards specified by the Regulation on public consultation. Percentage of draft policies and laws also presence of the entire elements that comprise an effective public consultation should be increased. Besides online platform for public consultation other means of consultation should be utilized as to allow a wider access from CSOs and general public. Additionally, Ministry of Local Government Administration (MLGA) and municipalities should work on fully operationalizing implementation of minimum standards for public consultation in local level, while also undertaking a public information campaign promoting available opportunities for citizens and CSOs.
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