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MEI organizes public consultation on the draft of the National Program for Implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement

December 3, 2015

Prishtina, 3 December– Ministry of European Integration (MEI), today organized public consultations regarding the draft of the National Program for Implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (NPISAA), where representatives of civil organizations, institutions and other stakeholders contributed.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Minister of the Ministry for European Integration Mr. Bekim Çollaku stated that the SAA will require inclusive reforms of our economic and politic system, and that only through reforms and harmonization of local legislation with EU Acquis, such agreement will bring significant economic benefits to our country through liberalization of the market with that of the EU and enhancing competition between enterprises.

“As a government we are very interested to have, throughout the entire process of the implementation of the SAA, an active contribution of all stakeholders such as: political parties, civil society, business community, universities and other research bodies, media and other stakeholders. We are convinced this is the only way to ensure its successful implementation. Whereas, a successful implementation of the SAA, particularly during the five upcoming years, will be crucial to the future of our country because the next big steep, namely obtaining the status of a candidate country and commencement of membership negotiations, depends on this”, stated Minister Çollaku.

Moreover, he stated that drafting of the National Program is one of the fundamental legal obligations deriving from the SAA. Minister Çollaku emphasised that this program will set a comprehensive framework on the necessary reforms. He stated: “In other words, it contains short-term measures (covering 2016) and mid-term priorities (covering the period 2017-2020). Each chapter will contain two types of measures: legislative and implementation measures”.

Moreover, he clarified that the program is divided into three blocks: Political Criteria, Economic Criteria, and European Standards.

“As such, the Program for Implementation of SAA shall serve as a key national strategic paper for planning, implementing and monitoring the implementation of all necessary reforms as well as for EU membership negotiations and beyond”, stated inter alia Minister Çollaku.

With regard to regard to the National Program for Implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement also spoke Mr. Samuel Zhbogar, Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Ms. Angelika Viets – Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms. Teuta Sahatqija – Chairperson of the Committee for European integration in the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, and Leon Malazogu – Executive Director in the Democracy for Development Institute (D4D).

Discussions regarding the content of the draft continued through working groups divided by sectors related to the administrative and political criteria, justice, freedom and security, economic criteria, internal market and sector policies

Following the consultations with civil society organizations and business community, it is expected to finalize the National Program for Implementation of the SAA, and initially approve it within the Government and then to send it to the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo.

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