Riinvest polling shows big jump in Kosovars’ trust in EULEX
News Source: Riinvest Institute, Kosovo
The percentage of Kosovars who say they trust the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) jumped sharply over the last year, according to a poll conducted by the Riivest Institute for a PASOS project on open government.
The number increased from about 31 percent in 2013 to 54 percent this year, the survey results showed. The polling was conducted as part of Advocacy for Open Government, an EU-funded project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.
EULEX aims to assist and support the Kosovo authorities in the rule of law area, with a specific focus on the judiciary. Agon Nixha, a Riinvest analyst, attributed the swing in public opinion to the EU mission’s work fighting white-collar crime.
“EULEX has intensified the fight against economic crimes through arresting some important public figures in the country, including a few members of the Parliament,” he said. “All the arrests were everywhere in the media. This, in my opinion, has led citizens to have a better opinion towards this international organization.”
Th EULEX results were mirrored in survey results showing greater trust in other international organizations that work in Kosovo. For example, the Kosovo Force (KFOR), NATO’s peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, now ranks as the country’s most-trusted public institution, overtaking the media, which was the top-ranked institution in last year’s poll.
The European Union is listed as the second-most trusted institution in Kosovo, with 64 percent of Kosovars saying they have some level of trust in the union.
The least-trusted institution, political parties, remains unchanged from last year, with only 22 percent of Kosovars saying they have trust in them.
Riinvest has released an infographic illustrating the results of the trust in institutions polling, which can be seen below.