The determination of Kosovo* to improve local self-government and the quality of local democracy in accordance with European standards has been met by the Council of Europe through the implementation of several projects, including on protecting and promoting human rights and dignity, the rule of law and democracy. With recent indicators showing a willingness to enhance local self-government and strengthening the institutional capacities of local authorities, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will work with authorities at all levels to foster effective and positive co-operation between the municipal and central level.

In this regard, the Congress pursues co-operation activities by implementing the project “Promoting local democracy in Kosovo*”, which aims to improve local self-government and the quality of local democracy in Kosovo* by fostering multilevel dialogue and strengthening the capacities of local authorities on political integrity, public ethics and open government principles. It is implemented in close co-operation with the Association of Kosovo Municipalities, which enjoys the status of Guest Observer with the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress.

The project stems from the discussions on needs and strategic priorities held within the Working Group on Co‑operation between the Council of Europe and Kosovo* and adds to the results of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey. In addition, the project builds upon Congress co‑operation activities carried out since 2012 and is based on the Council of Europe intensified co‑operation with Kosovo* over the years.

 

*All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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By having an impact on democratic sustainability and promoting inclusive and participatory societies and institutions at all levels, the project "Promoting local democracy in Kosovo*" contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender equality), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 16 (Peace, justice and strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnership for the goals) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Contacts contacts

Council of Europe Office in Pristina

Blerim VELA, Senior Project Officer

Flutura KERNJA-VIDISHIQI, Project Assistant


Congress Secretariat in Strasbourg

Marité MORAS, Head of Unit -
Co-operation and External Relations Division

Albert FLORES-HERRERA, Project Officer