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June 20, 2018  Pristina, Kosovo

THE POLITICS OF THE ASSOCIATION/COMMUNITY

The stated original goal of the Brussels dialogue was to address the outstanding problems of the Serb community in Kosovo. The formation of an association/community of Serb majority municipalities was considered an adequate mechanism to offer the Serb community sufficient self-governance on many relevant issues—such as education, healthcare, urban planning, and economic development—in the Serb-majority areas. But five years after the agreement, this mechanism is not established yet. It is also not clear what the role of such a mechanism should be.

 

The Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) organized a roundtable on June 20, 2018 on the steps required to form the Association/Community. Participants included political party representatives, mayors, and members of civil society. The workshop is part of a larger project on relations between Kosovo and Serbia and interethnic relations in Kosovo implemented in cooperation with and supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Below is a short report from the discussion.

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