The Road is Rocky - Kosovo's Euro-Atlantic Illusions - Page 2
Regarding Kosovo's economic situation, Sewel reports figures from 2009, which, apart from minor changes, still accurately describe the current situation: Kosovo "received 25 times more international aid per capita than Afghanistan, but this assistance has failed to genuinely galvanize the national economy or to help create an institutional structure that, in turn might facilitate economic take off."
To say it clearly: "Kosovo remains the poorest country in Europe ... According to the IMF average per capita income stands at euro 1,726 or 6.9% of the EU 27 average ... Perhaps the most telling indicator of its economic weakness is the 45.9% unemployment rate."
Concerning an ongoing Kosovo-sided problematic respectively responsibility, the report refers to the "Council of Europe Report" of the Swiss parliamentarian Dick Marty, by which "senior Kosovo officials, possibly including Prime Minister Hashim Thaci," are accused to be "involved in organized criminal activities including human organ trafficking during the war." In this context the report also addresses "new allegations ... made in recent months describing KLA intelligence service involvement in political assassinations, ... illegal organ trafficking and the murder of hundreds of prisoners."
On this regard Sewel complains that - according to the EU - "Kosovo has no viable crime reduction strategy in place and ... lacks a witness protection law". Through this, Sewel writes, the possibilities to investigate "high level crime" are strongly limited. This situation appears even more complex, regarding the fact that - like in most countries of the Balkans - "loyalty to the state is ... eroded by the prevalence of clan leadership structures".
Finally with his report Lord Sewel leaves no doubts: "The EU has identified these as matters that must be addressed before it further expands ties to the country."
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