Representatives of Kosovo Government and the European Commission met in Pristina to discuss developments in the area of Public Administration Reform. The discussion was held in the framework of the regular Stabilisation and Association Agreement which entered into force in April 2016. The implementation of identified priorities and commitments undertaken by both sides as part of the SAA-processes, including the European Reform Agenda, remain crucial to Kosovo's European integration path, independent of political changes.
The participants discussed on the Government's draft annual monitoring reports of the public administration reform strategies. They reiterated the commitment to ensure the planned legislative package, which include the laws on civil service, salaries and organization of state administration, are prepared in a coordinated way through an inclusive and evidence-based process on the basis of concept documents agreed at government level. Public Financial Management was also discussed during the meeting.
Both sides stressed the importance of the implementation of recommendations stemming from the review of agencies, with a view to rationalizing the system of agencies in Kosovo. The European Commission stressed the need for the new government to take forward this important work. It was agreed that a new meeting of the Public Administration Reform Special Group shall be convened once a new government is in place.