EU Office in Kosovo and Ministry of Trade and Industry launch EU funded project supporting service sector reform in Kosovo
Head of EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, Tomas Szunyog, launched today together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry the EU funded Twinning project, which will assist in implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) related to the EU Services Directive 2006/123/EC.
In the next two years, the € 1 million EU funded project will support the government of Kosovo to create the basis for a sustainable environment for private sector development in line with the EU acquis and the SAA requirements.
Alignment of the national legislation with the EU Services Directive achieved with the help of the project can remove administrative and regulatory barriers for the free provision of services.
Harmonization of sectoral regulations with the EU Services Directive encourages simplification and digitalization of administrative procedures in order to ease the process of obtaining of licenses for specific activities in the service sector.
Kosovo has lately made progress in the field of public services digitaisation. The establishment of a contact point on services database allows for easier access for stakeholders in the legal framework regulating service activities in Kosovo.
Cooperation in the framework of the Twinning project between the EU, Croatia, Germany and Kosovo will further develop the service sector reform in Kosovo.
The focus of this cooperation is developing modern and business friendly point of single contact based on established regulatory framework in line with provisions of the EU Service Directive 2006/123/EC. The establishment of the point of single contact will make it more attractive and easier for companies to do business in Kosovo as well as to provide a platform for faster administrative processes and better e-government solutions.
The project aims to help enable easier market entrance for businesses while increasing the number of entrepreneurs competing, and boost innovation while providing more opportunities as well as more choices for Kosovo consumers.