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Kosovo: Politics and Government

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the stability of the Kosovo government. (226777)

Different Departments within the UK Government are working together to improve stability in Kosovo. We are funding work to help establish effective Rule of Law, prevent renewed conflict and to establish an effective and transparent security sector. We have allocated £4.15 million from the joint Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO)/Department for International Development (DFID)/Ministry of Defence (MoD) Conflict Prevention Pool for this work in 2008-09. To strengthen Kosovo's key institutions, the UK is also helping the Kosovo government review their structures and improve their effectiveness. These programmes are in addition to the UK's contribution to stability in Kosovo through the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR), the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the EU's largest ever Rule of Law mission, EULEX, and the office of the EU Special Representative and International Civilian Representative in Kosovo.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent support the Government has given to the government of Kosovo for economic growth. (226778)

The UK is playing an active role in supporting international efforts to build economic growth in Kosovo, and thereby reduce poverty and unemployment. The Department for International Development (DFID) tabled a paper on key actions to support economic growth at the recent Kosovo Donors' conference (the paper is available online at: http://www.seerecon.org/kdc/gae.pdf). DFID has been instrumental in ensuring that future World Bank and European Commission (EC) assistance to Kosovo will be focused on improving the prospects of economic growth. One result of this is the World Bank's current work to design a US $90 million Multi-donor Trust Fund for Sustainable Employment. The EC has indicated it will contribute to this.

In addition to this work, DFID is funding programmes in the Rule of Law sector which will contribute to giving investors greater confidence of a return on their investments. DFID is also supporting Kosovo's EU pre-accession process through a project to help the Government of Kosovo align its standards with those of the EU in a range of areas, including agriculture and food safety. This is important if Kosovo secures access for its products to the EU market.