Publications


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  • Finansiranje_lokalnih_samouprava_na_severu_Kosova.jpgDate start 23.08.2017.Policy papers

    Financing Local Self-Governments in North Kosovo – A Dance in Suspense

    How are local self-governments in North Kosovo financed? What are the crucial objections of municipal governments on allocated budget amounts? What are the main challenges in distribution and realisation of municipal budget funds? In the fourth and the last paper on the functioning of local self-governments in north Kosovo, we researched the challenges in the management of finance faced by these municipalities. As a conclusion, we underlined four main challenges faced by the municipalities in North Kosovo in this paper. More about the challenges can be found in the Policy Brief. Policy Brief 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 the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER) between March 2016 and July 2017. More information about the project is available at our website www.regionalnirazvoj.org. More information about the project is available at http://regionalnirazvoj.org/en/plans/details/38

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  • Ustanove_Cover_front_01.jpgDate start 18.08.2017.Research

    Public institutions of the Republic of Serbia in North Kosovo: What kind of future awaits us?

    Serbs in North Kosovo have survived thanks to public institutions established by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, which is the key conclusion of the study “What kind of future awaits us?” developed and published by the Institute for Territorial Economic Development - InTER. Results of the research show that around 18,000 students attend 48 educational institutions financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia; around 50,000 people use health care services in nine health care institutions and pharmacies, and social welfare centres in Kosovo provide services to around 16,000 beneficiaries annually. Each month, the Republic Pension Insurance Fund in North Kosovo pays 8,328 pensions, and the National Employment Service provides services to around 8,340 people on annual basis. Other institutions of the Republic of Serbia also play an important role, each in their sector. Additionally, public institutions and public companies of the Government of Serbia employ around 12,100 people, which, together with their families, sums up to around 40,000 people, or around 80% of the population of municipalities in North Kosovo. In the negotiations in Brussels, which takes place between the Government of Serbia and the Government of Kosovo under the auspices of the European Union, no significant attention has been paid to finding an institutional and legal solution for further operations of these institutions in North Kosovo. The final solution should be found within the Community/Association of Serb Municipalities, which should take over the competencies of the institutions of the Republic of Serbia currently operating in Kosovo. Even after two agreements have been signed in Brussels, Negotiations about the establishment of the Community/Association have been highly politicised and the recent establishment or solution for the problem of further operations of institutions of the Republic of Serbia is not visible. Given the number of employees and the importance of services provided by the institutions of the Republic of Serbia to Serbs and non-Albanians in Kosovo (not only in the north, but in other parts of Kosovo as well), it is necessary to approach this problem with a considerable degree of seriousness and responsibility, and offer a comprehensive solution that would finally define the status and the future of these institutions in Kosovo. Research on Public Institutions of the Republic of Serbia in North Kosovo has been implemented between February and August 2017. The research was realised with the support provided by the Swiss Embassy in Kosovo, through a Small Action Grant. Findings and opinions expressed in the research are those of the authors and do not reflect those of the Embassy of Switzerland in Kosovo.

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  • Op_tinske_uprave_na_severu_Kosova.jpgDate start 14.08.2017.Policy papers

    Municipal administrations in North Kosovo – a two-headed dragon in one body

    How do municipal administrations in North Kosovo operate? What changes have in the work of municipal bodies have been brought by the signing of the Brussels Agreement? Are there similarities and differences between the Serbian and Kosovo’s system of organising municipal administrations? These are some questions we tried to answer in the third Policy Brief on the functioning of local self-governments in North Kosovo, with a detailed description of the organisation of municipal administrations operating in accordance with the Serbian and Kosovo’s system. Policy Brief 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 the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER). The Project is implemented between March 2016 and July 2017.More information about the project is available at http://regionalnirazvoj.org/en/plans/details/38 The document is available in Serbian, English and Albanian.

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  • Zakonodavna_i_izvrsna_vlast_u_opstinama_sa_srpskom_vecinom_na_severu_Kosova.jpgDate start 08.08.2017.Policy papers

    Legislative and executive power in Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo

    A system of local self-governments in North Kosovo have been operating like a rollercoaster which surprises you with a free fall and a sudden change of direction, but it always goes back to the beginning, where the ride started. Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo retained the institutional structure that existed in Kosovo before 1999, which continued to operate under the laws of the Republic of Serbia even after the arrival of the UNMIK mission. On the other hand, municipalities have also adopted administrative structures established within the framework of the UNMIK mission, and later the Kosovo Government. In this way, a dual system was created in which the municipalities in North Kosovo operate: one in line with Serbian and the other with Kosovo legislation. Institute for Territorial Economic Development - InTER has published the paper which presents similarities and differences in the functioning of the two systems in the Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo. It also provides a comparative overview of the laws on local self-government of Serbia and Kosovo, with particular emphasis on the competences regarding the functioning of municipal assemblies, and the elections, responsibilities and authority of the president of the municipality, i.e. the mayor. Policy Brief 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 the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER). The Project is implemented between March 2016 and July 2017.More information about the project is available at http://regionalnirazvoj.org/en/plans/details/38

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