PRISTINA, Kosovo, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The European Commission says Kosovo must develop strategies to deal with corruption and organized crime.
The daily newspaper Koha Ditore said the EC report, to be released in November, acknowledges that some of Kosovo's problems come from the ethnic split. Serbian Kosovars, living in the northern part of the country, have their own institutions and the area has been plagued by political violence.
"The Kosovo institutions are expected to consolidate the rule of law, the struggle against corruption and organized crime, as well as strengthen inter-ethnic dialogue," the report said.
Kosovo, which declared independence unilaterally from Serbia, is seeking membership in the European Union. A majority of EU members recognize Kosovo, but membership has been put on hold until the territorial disputes are resolved.