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EU Twinning Project to Support the Environment Sector

The Kosovo Environment Protection Agency (KEPA) is the beneficiary of an EU Twinning project named “Support to the Environment Sector in Kosovo”. It is an EU funded project with duration of 22 months, a budget of 1.0m EUR and 0.1 m EUR of co-financing from the Kosovo State Budget.

Background


To improve the state of the environment in Kosovo, a number of efforts have already been taken by the Kosovo Environment Protection Agency. In conjunction with the efforts to start the implementation of EU Environmental Policies and the preparations for the utilisation of the future IPA Environment Development Component, KEPA has to introduce new major policies and means to support general, sectoral and institutional reforms and developments.

This project will be implemented by the Environment Agency Austria, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), in co-operation with experts from the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. These three Countries already passed the process of EU accession and have successfully implemented similar Twining projects in East and South-East Europe. The Kosovo Environment Protection Agency expects that this project will be a milestone for preparing Kosovo’s road towards EU.

 

About Twinning

 

Launched in May 1998, the Twinning programme is one of the principal tools of Institution Building accession assistance. Twinning aims to help beneficiary countries in the development of modern and efficient administrations, with the structures, human resources and management skills needed to implement the “acquis communautaire” to the same standards as Member States. Twinning provides the framework for administrations and semi-public organisations in the beneficiary countries to work with their counterparts in Member States. Together they develop and implement a project that targets the transposition, enforcement and implementation of a specific part of the acquis communautaire.

 

Overall objective

 

The overall objective of this Twinning Project is continued and sustainable improvement of environmental conditions including air quality, management and control of water resources to meet EU standards, particularly in relation to public health and economic development of Kosovo. The project purpose is focused on the further institutional support to the Environment Sector in Kosovo.

 

The main expected results of the project are:

 

Strengthened administrative capacity in KEPA and relevant departments from the MESP on legal, institutional and technical matter of environmental monitoring with special focus on air and water

enhanced capacity in KEPA to fulfil at least 30 % of the reporting requirements to the European Environment Agency for the priority dataflow indicators (air, water, environment protection)

a drafted public awareness strategy and materials are available;

Establishment of a modern data management including the development of a database.

 

 

Key figures of the project:

 

Around 400 working days of EU Member States “Short-Term Experts” in Kosovo

3 study visit in Member States for Kosovo officials

1 Resident Twinning Advisor, 1 RTA assistant and 1 language assistant

 

Project duration:

 

22 months, from 25 November 2010 to 30 September 2012

 

Budget:

 

1.0m EUR financed by the European Union

0.1m EUR co-financing from Kosovo State Budget / KEPA

 

Project structure

 

The project is divided into 4 major components.

 

Component 1 “Institutional, legal and technical support to KEPA and the relevant departments in the MESP to enhance their capacity to manage and maintain the monitoring activities related to the key environment issues including water and air quality, nature protection etc”;

 

Component 2 “Support in the preparation of the State of the Environment Report and enhancing the cooperation with the European Environment Agency”;

 

Component 3: “Support for the revision of data processing, data management and preparation of a database”;

 

Component 4: “Support in the preparation of a public awareness strategy and elaboration of materials”.

 

 

Involved Institutions

 

The Twinning Project is implemented by the Kosovo Environment Protection Agency, Departments of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning as well as the Kosovo Hydro-Meteorological Institute in cooperation with Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt),

Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

 

Special support is granted by the European Commission through the European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo.