Dish is an Italian town of almost 195 thousand inhabitants in Tuscany. In this municipality in addition to our interviewee Mirushe Koci, there are also two other candidates of Albanian origin Kujtime Hoxha e Bahri Gurra.
There are Mirushe Koci, born in Tirana I attended my studies, in the 1991 I emigrated to Italy, after a lot of apprenticeship I set and inserted, always keeping my country Christmas at heart.
I am a mother of a child, I live with a wonderful Italian person and I have Italian citizenship. I am involved in volunteering in three associations and I have been involved in politics for years.
After the political rankings, I was offered the candidacy as municipal councilor to the municipality of Prato in the Forza Italia lists.
Prato, my adopted city, where I live and want the best for my city. But Albania is a piece of my heart my hometown
Interview with Mirushe Koci
1. What is your proposal in the list program?
My commitment to a better Lawn
Our city is sixth in the national classification of reported crimes and robberies, eighth in those of the muggings, fifteenth in that of thefts. More municipal police officers on city streets to counteract crimes of petty crime and degradation.
Fixed facilities in the suburbs. Collaboration with Police and Carabinieri to guarantee a constant presence day and night in our territory.
- More concrete measures for low-income and large families
- More concrete measures for families in financial difficulties
- Re-launching quality tourism, enhancing the artistic and cultural heritage of our city.
Simple and beautiful lawn:
- Garbage at the doors and on the roads widespread degradation.
- Abolition of door to door and new waste collection plan
- Radical Modification of public transport with targeted lines to strengthen connections between Pistoia and Florence
- Greater attention to the care and decorum of streets and public green areas
- Implementation of the infrastructures necessary to lighten city traffic.
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
We have many proposals with our coalition that we will try to complete, such as greater security in the city, in the historic center and in the suburbs, more public greenery, a better road system that connects Prato with Florence and Pistoia, more public housing, more attention for disadvantaged families due to the crisis and who have fallen into disgrace and into economic difficulties, in short, various proposals of our program that we will try to complete in five years.
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
They should vote me because many people know me, both Albanians and Italians and they know that when I take a problem to heart I try to solve it. For me Prato must be the city where we can live better, in safety, both in our homes and on the streets without risk of someone being robbed, and with greener where children, the elderly and all citizens can breathe a little of pure air.
4. Being in possession of a dual citizenship, belonging to multiple cultures and speaking multiple languages is a point of advantage or disadvantage for you and why?
I do not think, rather bring some of my culture makes me very happy, years ago I worked in a radio in Florence to give voice to the Albanians and the program went very well.
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
For me it is always my native land, which I will never forget and when I can I go there on vacation, but also Prato and my adopted city since I have been living here for almost thirty years now.
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
my name is Mirushe but now they are Mery for everyone, also because many don't know how to pronounce my name, but I never had any problems.
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
Of course I am Italian, but without forgetting my origins, I am an Albanian European and this open and liberal vision of mine will help me get voted, now in Italy I have formed my family and I hope that people will vote for me.
8. Do you care about polls? What do they say about the list you signed up for?
Yes at the moment they give us the ballot, but together with the other candidates we work hard to get a good result.
9. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Integration is for me the respect for the country where you are, and trying to integrate you in the best way and respect their customs and customs laws as I would like them to do in my country, I also came as a clandestine and after so much training and humility I entered, always having the respect and respecting my neighbor as the others largely respected me.
Prato is a city where there are many different ethnic groups and for the most part they all get along but there is still so much to do, and the new generations will try to go all out of love and agree.
10. Do you notice any difference between your parents and you in the way you live in Italy?
My parents have been living in Italy for almost 15 years, they found it a bit difficult to get started at the beginning but then they had no problems.
11. Of Albanian origin, but which is your mother tongue?
My mother tongue and Albanian I lived in Albania and I grew up there but then I emigrated and learned to read, write and speak Italian, but when I talk to my brothers, sisters and parents we speak Albanian.
12. Is there an organized Albanian community where you are a candidate? (like some association, a school, etc.). How many Albanians are there in your constituency?
There are many Albanians in Prato but I have never registered for an association, in Prato there are Albanian 5.609
13. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
I don't think, in fact maybe I'll get more votes from the Italians, seriously, I think we chose each other because they knew the person and my abilities, humility and generosity towards others.
14. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
I am pleased for them and I hope that some Albanians of us can join the city council.
15. Do you want to add something or say more that you think is important?
It is a very important period, with various problems such as immigration, and I hope that these problems are solved in the European Parliament where we can all live in a better world. The 26 may vote for Mirushe Koci
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