Pristina, October 1, 2013 - EU Office in Kosovo jointly with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the International Organization for Migration has finalized 16 projects in 10 Kosovo municipalities through its EU Beautiful Kosovo Programme. The projects were small and medium scale reconstruction and renovation projects in Municipalities of Kamenicë/Kamenica, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Vushtrri/Vucitrn, Skenderaj/Srbica, Suharekë/SuvaReka, Graçanicë/Gracanica, Leposaviq/Leposavic, Zubin Potok/Zubin Potok, Zveçan/Zvecan as well as north Mitrovica.
The total value of inaugurated projects is around 1,492,760.19 Euros, with bigger part of grants provided by the European Union, whereas municipalities participated with around 116,634.80 Euros.
Through these 16 projects, some 700 new job opportunities were created, out of these 526 were registered as long term unemployed at the respective Employment Centres within the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, including 144 youth, 28 women, 13 persons with disabilities and 191 minority groups. In addition, through the implementation of these 16 projects, 10 long term employments were created within the company Univers that implemented three projects in municipalities of Leposaviç/Leposavic, Zveçan/Zvecan as well as north Mitrovica.
The aim of EU- Beautiful Kosovo project (EU-BK) is to identify small and medium scale projects in the municipalities that would aim to create jobs, especially for the young and marginalized groups. At the same time, EU BK projects have contributed to remarkable change of the environment, turning dumpsites to beautiful parks, building promenades, playgrounds and kindergartens. In two rounds of call for proposals Kosovo municipalities have benefited of approximately 3.8 million Euros of EU funds.
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