THE SECOND PHASE OF THE RETURN AND REINTEGRATION PROJECT IN KOSOVO HAS STARTED
On Wednesday 23 September, the Ministry for Communities and Returns in partnership with the European Commission Liaison Office began the second phase of the project Return and Reintegration in Kosovo. The objective of this project is to contribute to a stable multiethnic society in Kosovo, based on tolerance and the promotion of human rights and minorities, allowing the return and sustainable reintegration of minority community members who are refugees or internally displaced by the added commitment of the Government and other interested parties at the local level.
For this project the Ministry for Communities and Return will contribute over 1.1 million euros, while the European Commission Liaison Office will contribute 4 million euros. Project Implementation will be the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
Beneficiaries of this project include at least 210 families of internally displaced or refugees in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, who are informed and helped to return to Kosovo, in the municipalities of Klina, Ferizaj, Obiliq and Orahovac in the period of 24 months .
At the opening ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Communities and Returns, European Commission Liaison Office, the Danish Refugee Council, UNHCR and local authorities of Klina, Obilic, Ferizaj and Orahovac.
Sasha Rashiq, Minister for Communities and Returns said: "The start of this project is another example of support for the returns process in Kosovo, not only support offered by the Ministry for Communities and Returns, but by the whole government of Kosovo and the Kosovo society in general . Only with partners among the central institutions and local civil society and international community support will be able to push forward the process of return and reintegration, but also to further democratization and development of a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo ".
Kjartan Bjornsson, Head of Operations in the European Commission Liaison Office said: "sincere dedication and tireless commitment of central and local authorities constitute the core of this project. Active engagement of municipal authorities in the project also helps the overall decentralization efforts in Kosovo. This will ultimately contribute to increasing the responsibilities of municipal authorities to their citizens in general and in particular minority communities and a leadership and full ownership of the return process.
Kristen Stec, Representative for Kosovo by the Danish Refugee Council said: "There is a wonderful growth dynamics and dedication to the Kosovo authorities to locate the return process and to contribute to the continued development of a suitable climate for the sustainable return of IDP`s in Kosovo. Danish Refugee Council believes that this project will "contribute to the localization process and will support the development of multi-ethnic society in Kosovo."
Bajrush Xhemajli, Mayor of municipality of Urosevac, thank the local and
international institutions for the introduction of the municipality of Urosevac
in the second phase of the project RRK II.
This he said to us is evidence that theMunicipal Assembly of Urosevac is a house of all citizens regardless of ethnic origin, nationality and religion.
He on this occasion expressed his commitment that will remain so further and invited all citizens of all nationalities and above all the Serb community, to return to their homes. The municipality with all that potential and all other partners will be close to them for implementation of requirements under the powers they have.