EU/CoE support to the promotion of cultural diversity in Kosovo*
As from 2004, the activities developed in Kosovo were managed as a Joint Programme with the European Union, first through the Reconstruction Implementation Commission (+ Albanian version + Serbian version), followed by the PCDK project, phases I and II.
The Joint Programme “European Union/Council of Europe Support to the Promotion of Cultural Diversity in Kosovo (PCDK)” was carefully designed to ensure a cross-sectorial and integrated approach between its components and activities between 2009 and 2015. The PCDK focused on four major components: capacity development, education and public awareness, local economic development and community well-being, where all the elements came together in innovative pilot actions based on common heritage. In these initiatives, all stakeholders, from grassroots to central level, assumed crucial roles and responsibilities.
The PCDK activities paid particular attention to the active engagement of society at all levels: community-based engagement through Civil Society Organisations, municipalities, regional authorities, and central level engagement through ministries. In this way, emphasis was placed on partnerships and on ownership of the process by all stakeholders.
This specific project aimed at facilitating the development of viable heritage planning and management in Kosovo in accordance with European norms and standards. Cultural heritage was used as a tool for encouraging inter-community dialogue and fostering sustainable economic development for the well-being of all communities.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence