EU and Kosovo sign IPA Financial Framework Partnership Agreement
The EU Ambassador in Kosovo, Tomas Szunyog, handed over today in Pristina to the First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi, the European Commission-approved IPA III Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA), the Government of Kosovo announced.
The agreement, upon ratification by the Assembly of Kosovo, will enable Kosovo to receive further technical and financial assistance from the European Union. It covers IPA annual programs for the period 2021-2027 and will allow for immediate approval of IPA 2021 funds to Kosovo for EUR 64 million.
“We will use the IPA III funding to improve the protection of human rights, gender equality, municipal governance, and security and public safety in Kosovo,” said Ambassador Szunyog.
Bislimi meanwhile stressed the importance of EU pre-accession funds saying they provide a very important impetus to complement the ongoing implementation of reforms. “IPA III funds will be used to accelerate the EU integration process and internal reforms, and support investments needed to implement the reforms within European Reform Agenda, National Development Strategy, and the sectoral strategies with a focus on youth employment, energy, environment, sustainable and inclusive growth among many other areas,” Bislimi said.