The Junior Chamber International (JCI) has awarded Senior Lawyer Mr. Jouni Lehtimäki from Pori, Finland, with the honorary title of senator. The highest appreciation of the organization was given for his endeavors in rooting the junior chamber of commerce activities in Kosovo. The Embassy of Finland in Pristina has been supporting the establishing of the first ever JCI chamber in Kosovo, JCI Prishtina.
Mr. Lehtimäki was awarded with the JCI senatorship particularly because of his work for supporting the establishment of the junior chambers of commerce in Kosovo. Mr. Lehtimäki has extensive experience from working in Kosovo, and since 2013 he has been working as Legal Advisor to the Minister of Justice under the office of the EU Special Representative.
Mr. Lehtimäki's negotiation skills were needed to overcome political challenges so that it was made possible to establish JCI chambers in Kosovo, alongside those in Serbia. Until now, there are two JCI chambers in Kosovo: JCI Prishtina and JCI Mitrovica. JCI Prishtina has around50 members. JCI Mitrovica can be called a multi-national chamber: Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs work together for JCI goals. JCI Gjakova and JCI Suhareka will be established by the end of December, 2016.