Priority area Democracy, civil society and public administration Strengthening public authorities' capacities

Since the declaration of independence in 2008, the Republic of Kosovo has established itself as a parliamentary democracy.

Demonstration in Pristina, Kosovo

Demonstration in Pristina, Kosovo

Demonstration in Pristina, Kosovo

According to the constitution, it is the government's task to establish a sustainable, social market system and to pursue stable fiscal policies. However, the reforms needed to achieve these aims have only recently got underway. The same applies to efforts to coordinate the activities needed to converge with EU standards and decentralise the country's administration.

The goal in the priority area of democracy, civil society and public administration is to support the government’s efforts to build up a functioning administration. The Kosovar strategy for modernising the public sector has the aim of offering good quality, accessible public administrative services that are based on appropriate administrative procedures. In this context, support is to be lent to anti-corruption measures. The aim is to improve the integrity of public institutions and businesses, strengthen public trust in them, and increase accountability and transparency.

Around half of the population of Kosovo is below the age of 25. At 50 per cent, the unemployment rate among the under-25s is very high. This is why Germany is actively involved in youth work, so as to help young people participate to a greater extent in political and social life. And by providing training for youth officers in the municipalities, Germany aims to ensure that qualified professionals are available in future to work on youth issues.

One special initiative in this context is the youth centre in the town of Mitrovica. It is a place where young people from both parts of the city can meet, and was established with the aim of fostering mutual understanding between the Kosovar and Serbian communities.