On 23 July 2020, PECK III organised a video-conference with representatives of civil society organisations active in the area of whistleblowing promotion and protection in Kosovo. The meeting also profited from participation of representatives of the Ministry of Justice, and the “Action for Kosovo” the EU/CoE Joint Programme on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX 2). The objective of the meeting was to establish a forum where further needs concerning the consolidation of the whistleblower protection system in Kosovo would be discussed and synergies agreed upon.
The meeting concluded with agreement on the establishment of the Whistleblower Forum which would meet periodically. Furthermore, the Ministry of Justice also committed to convening a meeting aimed at finalising the drafting of the Regulation on handling whistleblowers’ cases.
This activity builds on the partnership between the civil society and PECK II, which led to the adoption of the Law on protection of Whistleblowers in 2018. PECK III will continue to further support the establishment of a functioning a whistleblower mechanism in Kosovo throughout 2020-2022.