IPA supports the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia

October 31, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-10-30


The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance will allocate additional EU funding to support the normalisation of relations between the two countries. This programme brings assistance to the Candidate countries to support their progressive compliance with EU rules and policies, including the acquis communautaire if necessary, in preparation for their accession. 


The European Commission will allocate additional funding to support the implementation of the ‘First agreement of principles’ governing the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. The special IPA programme will help address the needs of Serb majority municipalities throughout Kosovo, with a specific emphasis on the northern municipalities. Funding will focus on municipal infrastructure, public administration, rural and regional development, employment and environmental protection. The decision is to allocate initially €15m. Possible further additional funding will be determined on the basis of an on-going needs assessment. This money will be allocated to Kosovo in addition to its €65-70 million annual budget under the EU’s IPA programme for this year.

On 19 April this year Kosovo and Serbia reached a first agreement of principles governing the normalisation of their relations. The agreement was reached within the framework of the dialogue as facilitated by HRVP Catherine Ashton and complemented in May by a comprehensive implementation plan. The agreement provides for the organisation of local elections in Kosovo on 3 November 2013, the establishment of an association of Kosovo-Serb majority municipalities, and the progressive integration of justice and police structures in northern Kosovo into Kosovo’s legal and administrative framework.

Url description: Press room - European Commission

Url: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-1011_en.htm