KOSID Press Release from the World Bank official meetings in Washington DC

During our formal meetings with World Bank officials during this week, KOSID has come to realize a number of legal and procedural violations of Kosovo’s Government, World Bank, and Contour Global, for the construction of the new coal based electric capacities.

  1. The tendering process for the power plant "Kosova e Re" has overlooked Kosovo’s laws, hence enabling for Contour Global to qualify contrary to the principles of competitiveness and criteria of the European Union.

  2. The Government of Kosovo and World Bank are refusing to conduct a Social and Environmental Impact Assessment study for some time now, a study which is mandatory for such projects.

  3. The aforementioned, have also failed to compile a financial and economic feasibility study of the proposed project and also the negotiation of an employment agreement with the local population.

This process is being conducted far from public attention and in a non-transparent fashion!

KOSID also possesses the investigative report of the World Bank Inspection Panel [1] for the resettlement of the population living near the power plants, within the preparations for the proposed project “Kosova e Re”. This report has found serious and alarming violations which damage the population’s interest. 

Responsible Ministries which possess this document, despite the findings of the Inspection Panel (findings which are listed below), refuse to address the problems which have accompanied the populations’ forcible resettlement.

  1. Citizens of Hade have suffered serious damages of household economies, (loss of social and economic assets) as a result of the emergent evacuation which occurred in 2004, where a number of international institutions such as (UNMIK, the Provisional Institutions of Kosovo and later the Government of Kosovo) were involved in this violent mass resettlement of the population.

  2. The Inspection Panel concludes that the Resettlement Policy Framework (a document proposed by the World Bank) and poorly implemented by Kosovo’s Government (respectively the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning) has failed to resettle the population of Hade according to standards set by the World Bank itself and consequently burdened the lives of citizens.

  3. Since 2004 and up to now, the Government of Kosovo, misguided by World Bank, has failed to fulfill the basic principle of human rights for a dignified life which is guaranteed by the Constitution of Kosovo.

From the facts presented and the situation described above, this process, entirely unjust, emphasizes Kosovo’s Government lack of transparency, which with the intent to finish this non transparent process, is intentionally and deliberately ignoring the findings which show that the impact of the power plant and the opening of new mines for coal supply is catastrophic and with long term consequences. These consequences reflect negatively on the lives of citizens, economic development and undermine the financial system of the country. From the content of the documents, it is clearly understood that no government with responsibility and respect for the rule of law should be involved in projects that harm the interests of citizens.

Kosovo’s Government and especially the Ministry of Economic Development and Minister Blerand Stavileci, hold legal responsibility by putting the country in long-term financial liabilities to private operators in an un-studied manner, and that clearly will have unaffordable costs to the state’s budget and household economies.

[1] The Inspection Panel is an independent research institution of the World Bank, which investigates the impact of World Bank projects on the lives of the citizens.

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