RETURN AND ECONOMIC STRENGTHENING A MAIN PRIORITY IN 2021
Pristina, January 20, 2021
The Ministry of Communities and Returns, in cooperation with the European Union Office in Kosovo, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is implementing the fourth phase of the "Community Stabilization Program (EU CSP-4)". The fourth phase of the Program started with a delay at the end of 2020 due to the coronavirus virus pandemic, but despite that, 22 individual incentive funds have been successfully allocated so far in the form of equipment and tools for starting or expanding existing activities in Mamusha, Ferizaj, Gjilan, Stimlje. Klina, Fushë Kosovë, Gjakova, Peja, Mitrovica, Vushtrri and Prizren. Within the same Program, two projects for communities were successfully implemented, namely: "Cabinet for Informatics" in the municipality of South Mitrovica and "Street lighting in the village of Vojinovce" in the municipality of Stimlje.
"Vulcanization equipment, construction tools, dental instruments, painting equipment, electrical appliances, equipment for cleaning rooms and carpet washing, equipment for video recording and reproduction are just some of the activities that we supported in this distribution with the EU Office. Improving living conditions and creating new jobs for young people in times of extremely bad economic situation caused by the pandemic is crucial to prevent the trend of young people leaving Kosovo. "Our main strategic partner in creating new economic opportunities in 2021 is the EU Office in Kosovo," said Minister for Communities and Returns Dalibor Jevtic.
494 individuals from all communities directly benefited from 22 individual projects, while the new Informatics Cabinet was equipped for 300 students from the Ashkali community, and about 170 members of the Albanian and other communities will directly benefit from the new street lighting.
During 2021, the Ministry of Communities and Returns and the EU Offices in Kosovo plan to support another 66 individual and 15 community projects in Kosovo through the IOM partner organization, within the Community Stabilization Program.