€65 million to support reforms in Kosovo*
Brussels, 10 January - "These new funds reflect our commitment to assist Kosovo on its path towards the European Union. More effective public administration and judiciary, better integration of minorities and education, as well as economic development are key priorities in this regard. Our funding will support the necessary reforms, bringing tangible benefits to citizens," said Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle after the European Commission has allocated €65 million to support Kosovo's efforts to implement its EU-reform agenda.
The funds will be used for reforms of the justice and public administration systems, investments in education and regional development, and to provide housing and job opportunities for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian families who are currently living in lead-contaminated camps. They will also help boost private sector development by providing support for SMEs and strengthening Kosovo's trade capacities.
The funding earmarked today comes under the 2013 Annual Programme for Kosovo of the EU's Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), and will be topped up with an additional €12.5 million of co-financing by Kosovo authorities and other donors.
The programme will also help respond to political priorities that need financial support for their implementation, such as the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the strategic review of EULEX, and the visa dialogue.
More information: Press release