The Head of the European Union Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, Ambassador Tomáš Szunyog, participated in an Inter-Municipal Conference gathering mayors of east Kosovo municipalities.
The Inter- municipal conference was organised in the auspices of the EU-funded project “Centre for Professional Education”. The overall objective of the conference is to contribute to inclusion of youth and women in professional education and skills development in the East Economic Region of Kosovo and increase their employability. In addition, to promote inter-municipal cooperation focusing in areas such as economy and infrastructure.
During his address, Ambassador Szunyog emphasized the importance of different actors working together to further enhance their co-operation in areas that have a direct impact on the lives of their citizens.
“I am very pleased, that we are supporting such great initiatives and ways of co-operation, where municipalities join forces to develop the region as a whole. I believe many of the problems today require solutions at a regional level, said Ambasador Szunyog.
Prior to the conference, the Head of the European Union Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, Ambassador Tomáš Szunyog, met the Mayor of Partes/h Dragan Petkovic. The two officials exchanged views on priorities of the municipality and the EU, as well as on the good inter-community and inter-municipal relations that can serve as a role model to other parts of Kosovo.
The project “Centre for Professional Education – Partes/h” contributes to the inclusion of youth and women in professional education and skills training which will result in an increment of the employability of these groups in the East Economic Region Kosovo. The action will be a collaboration between Municipality of Partes/h and Regional Development Agency East.
Additionally, the Centre for Professional Education will offer financial support for 20 start-up business ideas proposed by women and youth. Moreover, financial support will be offered for the expansion of five existing businesses, which will enhance the employability of minorities, women, youth and people with disabilities.