European Union Office in Kosovo 
European Union Special Representative in Kosovo

Kosovo and EU discussed the reform of public administration

Pristina, 19/05/2017 - 14:22, UNIQUE ID: 170519_14
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Representatives of Kosovo Government and the European Commission met in Pristina to discuss developments in the area of Public Administration Reform.

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.


Background information

  • The Stabilisation and Association Agreement is the framework for the EU and the Kosovo administration to regularly discuss technical and policy issues in relation to the European agenda. The meetings provide direct input into the European Commission's annual reports.
  • The Special Group on normalisation monitors and accompanies Kosovo's delivery on its commitments under the EU facilitated Dialogue and identifies how the EU can further assist in this process.
  • There are seven areas under the SAA covered through sectorial meetings of sub-Committees, on Justice, Freedom and Security; Innovation, Information Society, Social Policy, Education and Culture; Trade, Industry, Customs and Taxation; Internal Market, Competition, Consumer and Health Protection; Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Food Safety; Transport, Environment, Energy, Regional Development; Economic and Financial Issues, Statistics.
  • Two other areas covered through the meetings of special groups the reform of the public administration and normalisation of relations with Serbia.
  • Stabilisation and Association Committee and Sub-Committee meetings are co-chaired by the European Commission and Kosovo. The Special Group on normalisation is co-chaired by the European External Action Service and Kosovo. Each meeting results in jointly agreed follow-up actions to be taken by the Kosovo authorities. The conclusions from the meetings will be soon available here.
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