Biography of Gëzim Kasapolli Acting Minister of European Integrations of the Republic of Kosovo
Mr. Gëzim Kasapolli is Acting Minister with the Ministry of European Integration of the Republic of Kosovo since July 2014. Upon assuming this task, Mr. Kasapolli also took on the responsibilities of Chief Negotiator for the Stabilization-Association Agreement with the European Union.
Mr. Kasapolli was appointed Deputy Minister of European Integration on 23 May 2011.
Assigned through a decree of the Government of Kosovo as negotiator for the Stabilization-Association Agreement (SAA), more specifically for the chapters of legal approximation and EU cooperation policies, Mr. Kasapolli was diligently involved in the talks and the initiation of the Stabilization-Association Agreement between the Republic of Kosovo and the European Union.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kasapolli has contributed to the work of prestigious international organizations operating in Kosovo, including, among others, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY in The Hague), the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and the Office of the European Union.
Mr. Kasapolli was an Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo during preparations for the report of the UN Special Envoy to Kosovo, Kai Eide, which laid the groundwork for the initiation of negotiations for the independence of Kosovo. Mr. Kasapolli was part of the group of advisers with the Government of Kosovo as liaison with Mr. Eides team.
Mr. Kasapolli, an economist, has completed the Masters program in Business Administration at the Vienna Technical University in 2005. He was an Executive Director with the University of Business and Technology (UBT) seated in Prishtina.
He is a member of the Democratic Party of Kosovo since 2010.
He lives in Prishtina with his wife, Bora, and his daughters, Era and Vesa.