1. October. 2019. | 09:41

Roundtable on Positive outcomes of the implementation of Technical Agreements

Representatives of media, CSOs and other stakeholders participated in a local roundtable organized by NGO Aktiv, partner of the KSPAGroup in North Mitrovica. The roundtable discussed the benefits of the implementation of technical agreements, with a special focus on its impact on the Kosovo Serb and other communities.

North Mitrovica, 27 september 2019

During the first session of the roundtable participants have discussed how the implementation of agreements on telecommunication and freedom of movement, which they marked as one of the most important ones, that had influenced the life of the Kosovo Serb community. It has been pointed out that there is a difference on the level of impact that the process of implementation had on this community, depending on whether they live south of the Ibar River, or north of it.

The discussion on the technical dialogue continued with the implemented agreements and what were the benefits for citizens. The agreement on telecommunication and diploma recognition are noted as agreements where the Serb community in Kosovo has benefited most. The telecommunication agreement has allowed for better communication between communities whereas the diploma recognition agreement allows youngsters to find jobs, go on exchange programs and in general allows them for better professional life.

Participants have suggested that in the future, representatives of Kosovo Serbs, not necessarily politicians, have to be included in the dialogue process, as well as to be consulted in the process of implementation. Moreover, the NGO sector (coming from the Kosovo Serb community) has to be included in the process of further implementation of technical agreements, both as a consultative and monitoring actor.

The roundtable concluded with a statement that there is a necessity for citizens to be included in the technical dialogue process. There is a need for a more transparent process so that citizens are better informed with what is being discussed and agreed for in Brussels. By including citizens, the dialogue process will actually tackle issues that citizens face in their everyday life and provide their input in solving these issues. In such a way, citizens would have the chance to partake in that process, including the chance to give proposals, all in the spirit of the democratic way of decision-making.

This event was organized with the support of the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo. The content of this activity is the sole responsibility of the Kosovo-Serbia Policy and Advocacy Group and can in no way be taken to represent the views of the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo.