Independent institutions are a key component of a functioning democracy. Together with the legislative, the executive and the judiciary, they provide for an elaborate system of checks and balances, enhancing accountability and alleviating undue political influence. Challenges inherent to Kosovo's transitional democracy, however, continue to hinder the development of institutions, ranging from persistent resource shortages to political interference. The findings of the survey have highlighted both the strengths and weaknesses of Kosovo's emerging independent institutions. The sound legal basis gives grounds for encouragement along with the robust institutional structure that many of the surveyed institutions possess.