Local self-governments in North Kosovo - towers of cards

Date start: 31.08.2017.
Kula_Cover_front_SER_25.jpg Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo, Mitrovica North/Kosovska Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan are facing challenges which go far beyond the framework of local self-governments anywhere in the world. Due to persistent refusal to accept the solutions imposed by the UNMIK administration, and later by the Kosovo Government, these municipalities were placed in the centre of political events, primarily for the purpose of their integration into the constitutional and legal system of Kosovo. As a result, the so-called "institutional hybrid" was created in these municipalities, in which they operate according to the laws of Serbia, UNMIK and Kosovo, in accordance with the possibilities in the given circumstances and the political will of the local authorities. In this Study, the authors give a comprehensive overview of the institutional changes and functioning of local self-governments in North Kosovo since the signing of the Kumanovo Agreement and the arrival of the UNMIK mission. The Study was written as a part of the project “Support to local self-government administration reform in Northern Kosovo” funded by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, and implemented by InTER. The Project is implemented between March 2016 and July 2017. More information about the project is available at our page: www.regionalnirazvoj.org.