New ECMI decentralization project in Kosovo

European Centre for Minority Issues - Action, Research, DocumentationOn 1 February 2014, European Centre for Minority Issues started the implementation of a new three-year project on decentralization in Kosovo.

The new project, Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Growth for all Newly-Established Municipalities, is implemented by ECMI Kosovo.

The project aims to provide the Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo with sustainable solutions on improving their local socio-economic perspectives. The means are empowerment undertakings for both local governments and local communities.

Activities will cover the municipalities of Gračanica/Graçanicë, Klokot/Kllokot, Leposavić/Leposaviq, Mitrovica North, Novo Brdo/Novobërdë, Parteš/Partesh, Ranilug/Ranillug, Štrpce/Shtërpcë, Zubin Potok and Zvečan/Zveçan.

This new project is an extension of past decentralization projects implemented in Serb-majority municipalities through 2008-2013.

The first project was carried out in 2008-2011. It was focused on the institutional establishment of five municipalities in line with the provisions of the so-called Ahtisaari Package and the Law on Local Self-Government. A second project, implemented in 2011-2013, attempted to improve conditions for local economic development, and to improve the dialogue between municipalities and communities.

The 2008-2013 projects were implemented in partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland that is also funding the current decentralization-project.

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