Support to Implementation of Agreements Reached in the Brussels Dialogue

Support to Implementation of Agreements Reached in the Brussels Dialogue

The implementation process of the signed Brussels Agreement in 2013 on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia has seen significant stagnation over the last five years. Even though many points of the dialogue have been successfully completed, full implementation is far from being achieved since some of the key-deals still represent unsettled challenges for the Kosovo government. The non-accomplishment of the priorities set out by the Brussels Agreement generates tensions and uncertainties for the future development of the country and hampers Kosovo’s EU accession. Considering these circumstances, ECMI has chosen to address two pending issues regarding the uncompleted priorities, which are (1) Freedom of movement in documentation and citizenship acquisition and (2) Establishment of Association/Community of Serb-majority Municipalities. Hence, this project aims to support the secure implementation of the bilateral agreements at both a central and a local level. The project tackles the existing critical points on the Kosovar side through grass root local CSOs support and extensive field presence and trainings.

The implementation of the project will be carried through a two-pronged approach, which consists of targeting both a wide range of central institutions and civil society stakeholders. Starting from baseline studies and assessments, the action will be supported by the involvement of contracted experts that will assist in activities of drafting and technical/legal counselling.

Estimated results

The expected results of the Project are as follows:

· Increased freedom of movement and access to official documents for citizens of non-majority communities in Kosovo.

· Facilitate full implementation of the Brussels Agreement and compliance with the international obligation of establishing A/CSM enshrined in the international negotiations.

· Enhanced capacity to implement the legislation on documentation and citizenship acquisition, and increased awareness of procedures and existing opportunities for citizens of non-majority communities in Kosovo

· Empowerment of local self-governance in Serb-majority communities, increased capacity to draft the statutes and other relevant documents associated with the A/CSM, and increased awareness and access to evidence-based information about the A/CSM for all relevant stakeholders in Kosovo.

The intended target groups are civil servants in the municipal and central government, as well as members of the civil society.

Implementation Period

September 2018 – August 2020

Funding

This project is funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo.

 
Contact person
 

Name: Adrian Zeqiri

Position: Executive Director

Email: zeqiri@ecmikosovo.org

Tel: +377 (0)44 125 53

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