Saturday, April 16, 2005

Kosovo government to launch "pilot decentralization projects" by July 05

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Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 15 April: The Government said that the pilot projects for decentralization are expected to begin in the end of June or beginning of July. The spokesperson for the government Daut Dauti announced it after a meeting the Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi, his Deputy Adem Salihaj, and some other Ministers, who head the Working Groups on Standards, had with the chiefs of the liaison offices of the EU state members in Prishtina.

Decentralization was the main topic of discussions. "The pilot projects for decentralization are expected to begin in the end of June or beginning of July, whereas the testing phase will last for 18 months," Dauti said. He also said that the Minister of Returns and Communities Slavisa Petkovic reported for his visit to the displaced in Montenegro. He said that the displaced persons are willing to return.

"There are some 3,000 families with 12,000 members interested to return," Petkovic is quoted as saying in the meeting.

Dauti also said that it was discussed about the current developments in the country, the progress made in the area of implementation of priority programs, especially on the standards and level of their fulfilment, integration of ethnic minorities in central institutions, and Prishtina-Belgrade technical talks. The spokesperson emphasized that the institutions are encouraged with the recent stance of the EU and Contact Group for the future of Kosovo.

The Ministers also reported about their engagement and achievements in fulfilment of standards, citing the issue of reformation of local government, creation of a democratic environment, which is a precondition for returning of the displaced citizens.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 15 Apr 05

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