The decentralization process in Kosovoans the creation of the new municipalities: a Kosovo-Albanian and a Kosovo-Serb minority view

12-07-2010

The AFET committee has requested two briefing notes on the decentralization process in Kosovo and the creation of the new municipalities, one from the Kosovo Albanian angle and the other from the Kosovo Serb-minority angle. The summary assesses the points of convergence and points of divergence between the two notes. To do so, it follows the set of themes provided by the specifications in order to enable a comparative reading. Overall, both notes agree on the fact that decentralization is a process still in the making in Kosovo. They however emphasize different issues and problems and they also diverge on solutions to be found, especially when it comes to the Northern part of Kosovo and to parallel structures.

The AFET committee has requested two briefing notes on the decentralization process in Kosovo and the creation of the new municipalities, one from the Kosovo Albanian angle and the other from the Kosovo Serb-minority angle. The summary assesses the points of convergence and points of divergence between the two notes. To do so, it follows the set of themes provided by the specifications in order to enable a comparative reading. Overall, both notes agree on the fact that decentralization is a process still in the making in Kosovo. They however emphasize different issues and problems and they also diverge on solutions to be found, especially when it comes to the Northern part of Kosovo and to parallel structures.

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SUMMARY ASSESSMENT: Laure DELCOUR, Senior Research Fellow, Institut de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), Paris, France A KOSOVO-ALBANIAN VIEW: Illir DEDA, Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED), Pristina, Kosovo A KOSOVO-SERB MINORITY VIEW: Djeric SRDIAN, Balkan Research Analyst, International Crisis Group, Pristina, Kosovo