The European Union Office in Kosovo through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) 2013 allocated additional 5 million Euros to address poverty and long term unemployment through active labour market measures promoting job opportunities linked to public regeneration schemes that enhance quality of life for all Kosovo inhabitants by funding the second phase of the previously implemented programme EU-Beautiful Kosovo.
The EU Beautiful Kosovo Programme Phase II (EU-BK II) is an EU funded project, jointly managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo (EU Office) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The EU-BK II will be implemented during the period of 30 months, namely December 2013 – June 2016. The overall objective of the EU-BK II is to contribute to poverty reduction through the enhancement of economic opportunity for Kosovo population, especially marginalized groups in line with Municipal and Regional Development Strategies and implementation plans.
The second phase of the programme started in May with the launch of open Call for Proposals for municipalities, in the framework of which 91 applications were submitted by all 38 Kosovo Municipalities. As a result of a Call for Proposals launched for Municipalities interested in participating in the competition by submitting relevant project ideas in line with established criteria and procedure, 26 infrastructure projects were selected for implementation. Out of these 26, 7 were identified as Quick Impact Projects to be finalized by the end of the current year. The remaining 19 projects will be implemented in the period of 2014-2016.
The small and medium infrastructure projects selected are targeting the renovation or creation of schools, health facilities and cultural centers, green areas and river beds as well as rehabilitation of historical and cultural
landmarks. Additionally, through the implementation of the selected infrastructure projects new employment opportunities will be created for long term unemployed beneficiaries registered at the local Employment Centres, with particular focus on vulnerable groups such as women, persons with disabilities, youth, minority groups and returnees. Through the 7 Quick Impact Projects that are under the implementation, 436 new jobs were created, including 328 for long term unemployed beneficiaries. Out of 328, 24 women, 43 persons from minority groups, 38 youth and 12 persons with disabilities were employed with the support of the local Employment Centres within the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. The implementation of the 7 quick impact projects will be finalized by November 2014, when the projects will be officially inaugurated and handed over to the respective
municipalities for their future operations and maintenance.