The indicative allocation for Kosovo, for the period 2014-2020 is Euro 645.5 million

The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) is the main financial instrument to provide EU support to the beneficiaries in implementing reforms with a view to EU approximation. Financial assistance under IPA II pursues the following four specific objectives:

(a) support for political reforms,

(b) support for economic, social and territorial development,

(c) strengthening the ability of the beneficiaries to fulfill the obligations stemming from Union membership by supporting progressive alignment with, implementation and adoption of, the Union acquis ,

(d) strengthening regional integration and territorial cooperation.

Prepared in partnership with the beneficiaries, IPA II sets a new framework for providing pre-accession assistance for the period 2014-2020.

Indicative Strategy Paper (the Strategy Paper) sets out the priorities for EU financial assistance for the period 2014-2020 to support Kosovo in fulfilling its European perspective. It translates the political priorities set out in the enlargement policy framework into key areas where financial assistance is most needed to meet the relevant criteria.

The indicative allocation for Kosovo, for the period 2014-2020 is Euro 645.5 million divided in policy areas.

The most important novelty of IPA II is its strategic focus. Indicative Country Strategic Paper  are the specific strategic planning documents made for each beneficiary for the 7-year period. These will provide for a stronger ownership by the beneficiaries through integrating their own reform and development agendas. A Multi-Country Strategy Paper will address priorities for regional cooperation or territorial cooperation.

IPA II targets reforms within the framework of pre-defined sectors. These sectors cover areas closely linked to the enlargement strategy, such as democracy and governance, rule of law or growth and competitiveness. This sector approach promotes structural reform that will help transform a given sector and bring it up to EU standards. It allows a move towards a more targeted assistance, ensuring efficiency, sustainability and focus on results.

IPA II also allows for a more systematic use of sector budget support. Finally, it gives more weight to performance measurement: indicators agreed with the beneficiaries will help assess to what extent the expected results have been achieved.

Furthermore, the IPA II Regulation states that financial assistance shall mainly address five policy areas:

a) reforms in preparation for Union membership and related institution and capacity building,

b) socio-economic and regional development,

c) employment, social policies, education, promotion of gender equality, and human resources development,

d) agriculture and rural development, and

e) regional and territorial cooperation.

The IPA II regulation came into force on 16 March 2014 and is applicable retroactively from 1st January 2014. The IPA II regulation is complemented by the Common Implementing Regulation (CIR), which is a set of simplified and harmonized implementing rules and procedures for all external action instruments, as well as the  IPA II Implementing Regulation Search for available translations of the preceding  adopted by the Commission on 2 May 2014.

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Minister Bekim Çollaku
Bekim Çollaku