• Publikacija_1_front_03.jpgDate start 20.09.2019.Analyses

    Kosovo Serbs in the context of demarcation

    The authors of the analysis "Kosovo Serbs in the context of demarcation" are the Center for Social Dialogue and Regional Initiatives and the New Social Initiative. The analysis was conducted in order to understand the demarcation policy and its impact on the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO), as well as to give recommendations in case it happens. Some of the recommendations from the analysis are that it is necessary to enable the preservation of the current scope of the rights of non-majority communities in order to ensure their survival, to ensure the preservation of provisions concerning the functioning of the majority Serb municipalities and the establishment of the Association of majority Serb municipalities in accordance with the laws of Kosovo. The authors also consider that it is important to have the Serbian community participate in the central institutions of Kosovo, to have a transparent financing of the Serbian community by Belgrade, as well as to have the international security forces stay in Kosovo for at least five years from the signing of the Agreement between Belgrade and Pristina. The analysis is a part of the project "National Convention on the European Union (NKEU) 2018/2019" implemented by the National Convention on the EU in cooperation with the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (INTER). The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation Serbia.

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  • PPP3_front_32.jpgDate start 02.07.2019.Research

    Transparent and responsible implementation of PPP projects in Serbia

    Since the establishment of the Commission for Public-Private Partnerships in Serbia in 2012, 112 PPP projects have been approved in 65 cities and municipalities, of which most in the City of Belgrade - eight, five in Pirot and Zrenjanin, four in Topola, Stara Pazova and Novi Sad. Of the total number, the most projects are for reconstruction and maintenance of public lighting (37), passenger transport (33), 13 are for production and distribution of heat energy using the energy efficiency principle, and nine projects are for public utilities. One of the positive examples of PPP project implementation is the municipality of Becej, which, thanks to the partnership with a private company, became the first municipality in Serbia to regulate the provision of chimney services under this model. Without investing funds, the municipality regulated chimney services and thus contributed to increasing the safety of both the citizens and the entire community. These are the results of the research carried out within the project “Transparent and responsible implementation of PPP projects in Serbia”, implemented by the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER). The project was funded by NGO Fractal and it was developed within the European Commission’ project Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2014-2015.

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  • Front_07.jpgDate start 02.04.2018.Research

    On the road to EU integrations - improving legal and institutional framework of PPP in Serbia

    The contemporary way of life is characterised by constant demands of citizens for the construction and modernization of public infrastructure and the improvement of the quality of public services, especially at the local level. Bearing in mind the budgetary constraints, there is a need to seek new modalities for better efficiency of public service provision and financing of projects of public importance, where public-private partnerships and concessions are becoming more and more important. Public-Private Partnership (PPP) represents long-term cooperation between the public and the private sector in the joint implementation of projects of public importance. This form of cooperation should combine the best on both sides - the responsibility of the government that takes care of the public interest, as well as the management skills, flexibility and economy of the private sector. The basic elements of the PPP concept are a clear allocation of responsibilities, risk sharing and long-term partnership duration. PPP allows each partner to take the risk they can manage in the most adequate way, thus achieving greater efficiency in the use of public resources and better quality of services. The study "On the road to EU integrations - improving legal and institutional framework of PPP in Serbia" was developed with the support of the Open Society Foundation of Serbia through the Improvement of Democratic Practices and Institutions Program. The study provides a comprehensive overview of legal regulations and the role of institutions at the national, provincial and local levels in planning, contracting, implementing and monitoring PPP projects. The study also provides an overview of PPP projects, both proposed and contracted. The study also addressed the issue of transparency in the PPP process. In the end, the final provisions and recommendations for improving the system of functioning of PPP in Serbia are given.

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  • Frikonomija_cover_srpski_20.jpgDate start 23.01.2018.Research

    Freakonomics of Northern Kosovo

    Business entities in the Serb-majority municipalities in Northern Kosovo: Mitrovica North, Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan have been operating for years in an unfavourable business environment characterized by security challenges, market limitation, complicated administrative procedures and problems in free movement of people, goods and services. Having in mind that businesses from Kosovo have mostly been operating in the Serbian legal system, the situation is additionally complicated with the signing of the Brussels Agreement, when Kosovo’s legal framework is established in the territory of the observed municipalities. The policy study analyses the state of the economy in the four municipalities in Northern Kosovo, especially in the circumstances that followed the signing of the Brussels Agreement. The Study gives an insight into the structure of the economy in Northern Kosovo, dynamics of registration of business entities, scope of the labour market, as well as the role of international donors and chambers of commerce in creating a more favourable business environment. The last part contains final observations and recommendations for the development of economy in Northern Kosovo. The study is available in Serbian, Albanian and English Language. The Policy Study was developed within the project "Analysis of economy in North Kosovo after the Brussels Agreement – where are employment opportunities?", implemented by the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER), in partnership with RTV Mir from Leposavic and with the financial support from the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS). The project was implemented between April 2017 and January 2018. The content of the study is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not reflect the views of the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society or RTV Mir.

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