European Union Office in Kosovo / European Union Special Representative in Kosovo
14/06/2013 - European Commission and the Kosovo authorities discuss the economy, statistics and financial control
The authorities presented the state of play of structural reforms in key sectors such as health, public administration and privatisation policy. As in the past years, the Commission recommended a strong prioritisation of expenditures among the vast and pressing needs. The Commission noted that the Government adopted a private sector strategy and intends to develop economic zones. In the area of economic and fiscal policies, the key economic aggregates were discussed including GDP growth, inflation, the labour market and the balance of payments. While Kosovo successfully maintained economic stability, signs of an economic slowdown were visible in the last year, reflected also in the lower than forecasted growth, around 2.5.%.
13/06/2013 - Kosovo-Serbia agreement is about consolidating peace
Samuel Žbogar, the head of the EU Office/EUSR in Kosovo emphasized on Thursday that the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo is a real one. "It is and will be about changing the situation on the ground not only between Kosovo and Serbia but also in the region," said Žbogar addressing a conference on Kosovo-Serbia agreement. EU Special Representative in Kosovo stated that the agreement is about consolidating peace.
The European Union Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative and the Council of Europe co-organised a conference under the joint project against Economic Crime in Kosovo. The Project aims to strengthen the capacities of Kosovo institutions in preventing and fighting corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Project includes two assessment cycles. The first completed cycle of the project assessed the existing institutional and regulatory framework, as well as the effectiveness of measures, identified risks, deficiencies and formulated short-medium and long term recommendations. The second cycle will aim to ensure sustained implementation through follow-up of actions undertaken by authorities in Kosovo
Visits through historic sites in Ljubljana, the meeting with Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou in Brussels, the day spent in Disneyland, boating in Venice and the visit of the tallest building in Frankfurt were some of extraordinary moments that the winners shared in the meeting. The Head of EU Office/EUSR, Samuel Žbogar, encouraged them to bring to Kosovo their experience from the trip through the European Union.
European Commissioner for Education, Culture Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, hosted on 10 June 2013 five "Euro-experts" from 'Bajram Curri’ elementary school in Rahovec/Orahovac, the winners of Europe Quiz 2013. Commissioner Vassiliou explained how the European Commission functions and what the EU does in the fields under her responsibility. She highlighted in particular the EU's new 'Erasmus for All' programme for education, training and youth, which she noted, will enjoy a 40 % budget increase for the period 2014-2020. Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou's office was the first stop on the Europe Quiz 2013 winners' tour of Brussels. Blerta, Erand, Laura, Ditjona, and Nazmi from Rahovec/Orahovac, talked to the Commissioner about their experiences during the Europe Quiz competition and their journey to Brussels.
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