Opinion poll shows Energy Ministry "most corrupt" in Kosovo government

Published on January 4, 2007, BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom

Category: Organized Crime in Kosovo

Text of unattributed report: "Survey: government corrupt, LDK weaker" published by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 25 December

Prishtina [Pristina], 24 December: The Kosova [Kosovo] government is corrupt, but its most corrupt ministry is the Ministry of Energy. This is what the latest public opinion poll conducted by Gani Bobi Centre for Humanistic Studies has shown.

According to this poll carried out in November with 1016 respondents throughout Kosova, 82 per cent of them said there is corruption in the government of Kosova. The Ministry of Energy leads with 86.7 per cent of respondents as the most corrupt ministry. The second - by a very small margin - is the Ministry of Health (85.6 per cent), while the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Economy and Finances come third and fourth with 74.9 per cent and 71.8 per cent, respectively.

The recently established Ministry of Order was last on the list, although half of respondents (49.8 per cent) gave it a negative assessment.

The survey also asked whether there were any visible changes in the government now that Agim Ceku is at its helm. In this sense, the Ministry of Health leads with 51 per cent of respondents, saying that the situation in this ministry has in fact worsened, with 90 per cent respondents believing that this deterioration is serious.

The second on the list of ministries with negative changes is the Ministry of Energy with 42.4 per cent. Asked where the government failed the most, respondents criticized health care services (34.4 per cent), the second were pensions and social assistance (15.4 per cent), and the third its failure to create jobs (13.69 per cent).

The most positive changes, based on the survey, have been noticed in the field of interethnic relations with 29.8 per cent of respondents saying they have noted improvements. For 8.6 per cent of them these improvements are visible. This is at the same time framework in which the government has succeeded the most, with 26.5 per cent.

Culture, youth, and sports, as well as communication, have also progressed, according to respondents. Positive changes in culture, youth and sports have been noted by 28.9 per cent of respondents, compared to 28.4 per cent of those who said that there were improvements in the area of transport.

Citizens were asked for their views regarding the continuous criticism of the government of Kosova by the opposition parties. A total of 57.2 per cent of respondents said that the criticism of the government for mismanagement by opposition is entirely justified, while 46.7 per cent of respondents said criticism for incompetence is justified. A total of 58.3 per cent of respondents think that criticism of government for corruption by the opposition is justified, while the number who think the charges that government is linked to organized crime are justified is only 39.1 per cent.

The Gani Bobi Centre survey also got the opinions of the public on the developments in four biggest parties in the country. According to this poll, which was conducted before the LDK [Democratic League of Kosovo] congress, 52.7 per cent of respondents said the LDK has weakened, compared to 23 per cent who think that it has remained the same, and 10.2 per cent who think that it has strengthened.

Regarding the PDK [Democratic Party of Kosovo], 42.3 per cent of respondents think that it has remained the same with very few differences in the graphs. Some 18.1 per cent think that it has weakened while 14.3 per cent think that it has become stronger. The third biggest party in the country - the AAK [Alliance for the Future of Kosovo] - is said to be in an almost similar situation - 42.2 per cent say that it is the same, while 15.9 per cent see changes in it compared to 14.9 per cent who think that this party has strengthened. When it comes to the second opposition party - the Hour Reformist Party - 36.1 per cent of respondents think that it is the same as before, however the chart assessing the strength is higher than that of weakness - 17.8 per cent think that this party has been strengthened, while 9.9 per cent say that it is weaker now. This party's chart has a high number of respondents who said they did not know the answer - 5.1 per cent said they did not know if there were changes in this party.

Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 25 Dec 06

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