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Prishtina Municipality

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Welcome, Office Prishtina, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. - 2014

www.fes-prishtina.org [cached]

Shpend Ahmeti- Mayor of Prishtina Municipality
The mayor Shpend Ahmeti mentioned the commitments of the municipal government to implement a radical transparency, as he said. Further commitments were to push forward the law for Prishtina as capital city, even if they didn't pronounce these commitments publicly. Furthermore he mentioned that there is a new approach to cooperation with the civil society organization, one example for this is a signed agreement with the NGO FOL to monitor public procurement processes in the municipality.

MESP marks World Water and Meteorology Day - News - MMPH

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Mayor of Prishtina, Shpend Ahmeti took also part in this event.
"Now we must work together to solve the issue of water . We should use our capacity in order to give a state priority to the water because we are going through a hard period" Mayor Ahmeti said.

News and Events - UN HABITAT Kosovo

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Mr. Shpend Ahmeti, the Mayor of the Municipality of Prishtina, and Ms Gwendoline Mennetrier, Chief Technical Advisor of UN-Habitat/Municipal Spatial Planning Support Programme in Kosovo (MuSPP), financed by the Swedish Development Cooperation, signed today a Memorandum of Understanding providing a cooperation framework towards further sustainable development through application of modern planning methods, enhanced local democracy through participatory and transparent municipal planning processes and improved policy and strategy formulation addressing territorial cohesion and social inclusion. click here for more information

How to Clean Up a City - a Case Study on Stopping Illegal Construction in Kosovo - The Cornell Policy Review

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But perhaps that was not important because the newly elected Mayor of Prishtina, Shpend Ahmeti, might have not thought of commandment number 1, which is that there is a possibility that someone will kill you for undertaking this endeavor.
In 2000, just after the war in Kosovo ended, Rexhep Luci, the city planning director working for the UN, was shot six times and killed because he was trying to stop the illegal constructions that had already become a problem in the capital city.[1] This murder case has still not been resolved. 15 years later, Mayor Ahmeti campaigned for mayor by promising to restore the faith of the residents of Prishtina in local governance and rule of law. Among his promises, including 24/7 water supply and a modern urban transport that would replace the old buses of former Yugoslavia, the soon-to-be Mayor pledged to deal with the illegal construction that had overtaken Kosovo's capital city's landscape. Five months into his mandate, an assassination plan against him was exposed; his plans to regulate construction in the capital city did not fit well with large companies that had been profiting off this unregulated landscape mess. That did not stop Mayor Ahmeti from waging a war against the illegal construction, as he had promised during the campaign. Since the war's end, Prishtina's local government has turned a blind eye on the illegal constructions that were going on at its front door, indeed profiting from such activities.[2] According to a report issued by the Municipality of Prishtina, when Mayor Ahmeti took over, there were 46,000 illegal constructions, as well as 1,000 permits issued against the law and not in line with the city's urban planning. [3] Picking up the Pieces Shpend Ahmeti, a Harvard economist and former academic, ran his first mayoral campaign in 2013, focused on combating the rampant corruption that had been stagnating the development of the young Kosovo's capital city. Illegal construction was not only an issue long overdue for resolution, but it was also the right choice for a candidate whose political career was only beginning. "Organized crime is by far mostly linked to construction, whether it is money laundering, nepotism or corruption," mayor Ahmeti said. "All these bad things are at their worst in construction ... So it was a priority to say, here is a sign of rule of law," said Ahmeti in an interview for the Guardian in 2014.[4] If Ahmeti could clean up the capital city, the proof needed for the residents to vote for him for another term would be right in front of their eyes. To show the citizens he was serious about his promises, the first thing he tried to do in office was to sell the former Mayor's Audi Q7, while promising he would take the city bus to work every day. This was more easily said than done, since the opposition party, which made up a considerable part of the Municipality's Assembly (the decision-making organ of the local government), refused to vote for the selling of the car to stall his progress.[5] Once in the office, he and his team took on a long overdue housecleaning. They reviewed the work of all the departments in the Municipality, making the reports available online for public use. This was the first time a public official had conducted a review of the past government's work and had laid the groundwork for comparable analysis of results at the end of his term. As a result, he sent to court over 70 cases of corruption and other misdemeanors that occurred during the governance of the former Mayor Mustafa.[6] At the beginning, Ahmeti also worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to set in place anti-corruption systems and practices. Shpend Ahmeti was sworn in as the Mayor of Prishtina on December 13, 2013. As early as January 17, 2014, the Municipality started implementing the Law on Legalizing Constructions, which said that all buildings constructed before August 2013 must go through the legalization process.[8] Its first action was the demolition of an illegal building in one of the major neighborhoods of the city.[9] According to the findings of the Department of Urban Planning, the last mayoral government had issued authorization for construction projects that were not in line with urban planning or other regulations, which implies political involvement in such profitable constructions.[10] In the future months, together with the department of Urbanism and the inspectorate on construction, Mayor Ahmeti demolished illegal structures, often multiple-story buildings that were under construction by major companies. By the end of 2015, they stopped and brought down buildings considered threatening to safety and closed 120 illegal landfills. Moreover, they established an online platform where individuals and businesses could register their buildings as legal, at the same time running awareness campaigns on the legalization of construction. By the end of the year, the local government had issued 235 construction permits, which were published on the government's website. For the first time in Kosovo, Mayor Ahmeti and his team organized town halls to meet with citizens of each neighborhood to discuss the regulative planning of their areas. Ahmeti's work has not gone unnoticed by the citizens of Prishtina, either. In 2015, UNDP measured citizens' perceptions of public services and local authorities in Kosovo. The organization found that the satisfaction index of residents of Prishtina regarding their local government had increased from 7.62 in 2012 to 30.13 in 2015, while the satisfaction with the Mayor was at 80%, the third highest of all municipalities in Kosovo. [15] Mr. Ahmeti will not be a Mayor Forever Mr. Ahmeti has not said that he is running for a second term as Mayor. But in the last three months alone, the local government completely revamped the urban transport system by bringing in 30 new in-city buses,[16] introduced an application for free housing for families who live below the poverty line,[17] and has guaranteed that finally, after years of waiting, residents of Prishtina will have 24/7 access to drinking water,[18] all while illegal constructions are brought to a halt, new constructions are legalized, and the city is starting to resemble a well-functioning European capital. It is difficult to argue that the opposition party, as well as central government, has stalled the fulfillment of these plans. It is also difficult to argue that a Harvard-trained policy maker does not know that showing all his work right before the election, may nudge voters to reelect him. Whether we are witnessing a House of Cards being unfolded before us or not, Mr. Ahmeti has done more for the city of Prishtina than every public official combined since after the war. But surely this is only the beginning, and there is still so much more to do in the city that we the residents frustratingly love. Many believe that Mr. Ahmeti will soon be a contender for Prime Minister. Meanwhile, here's to hoping that he has inspired future leaders to do more for their community, one halted illegal construction project at a time.

Kosovo Business Forum Bratislava: Outcomes - MESA10

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It was led by Mayors from two dynamically developing municipalities: Mrs.Mimoza Kusari Lila, Mayor of Gjakova, former Deputy PM and Minister for Economy and Trade, and Mr. Shpend Ahmeti, Mayor of the Kosovo capital, Prishtina, who were accompanied by the directors for Economic Development from their municipalities, and the Director of the Gjakova District Heating Company, who currently seeks for revitalization partner to the Gjakova heating plant.

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