The workshop on the ‘EU Instrument for the Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)’ was held in Pristina from 28-30 January 2020. Among the 27 participants were local authorities from the eight beneficiary municipalities, Ministry of the Local Government Administration (MLGA), Ministry of European Integration (MEI) and office of the European Union (EU) in Pristina.
The aim the workshop was twofold; provide thorough information and create knowledge on the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance structure, and improve/expand inter-institutional engagement, institutions' capacities and skills to absorb funds and work for Roma inclusion, practicing the concepts of good governance.
During the two days of the workshop, the expert focused on rules and strategic documents outlining IPA support in Kosovo; outline of IPA support for local authorities; outline of regional co-operation (cross-border cooperation focusing on Kosovo–Albania, Kosovo – Macedonia and Kosovo – Montenegro Programmes); information on thematic Union programmes; guidelines for project planning; logical framework approach; exercise on situation and preparation of a project proposal related to the Roma community.
The third day was dedicated on the roles and responsibilities of the line-ministries; MLGA and MEI, vis-à-vis local authorities, and the cooperation role of the EU office in Pristina with central and local authorities in IPA process regarding policy and development.
The exchange of the information created a platform for deliberation and clarification on the roles and responsibilities between the local and central authorities. Opportunities for specific trainings, technical assistance, and specific information sessions on EU-related programmes were presented and this created future possibilities for ROMACTED beneficiary municipalities to participate and benefit.
Improvement on the flow of information, better coordination and collaboration between central and local level were general conclusions from the workshop. Hence, few recommendations were put forward by participants. Some of the recommendations can be used as follow-up activities to the workshop i.e. on –job training, donor’s conference, and profiling of the municipalities in the fund raising activities, and some other in improving and enhancing communication and coordination.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.