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Kosovo On the way to normal

Germany is involved in Kosovo on various levels. The Federal Republic provides soldiers for the Kosovo Force of NATO (KFOR) and also participates in the rule of law mission of the European Union (EULEX).

Germany's cooperation with Kosovo began immediately after the end of NATO's military intervention in 1999. Initially, the focus was on emergency aid measures to supply the population with water and electricity. For some years now, the collaboration has focused on sustainable development, i.e. on projects with a long-term impact. The main goal is to bring Kosovo closer to the standards and structures of the EU.

For 2018 and 2019, the Federal Government has given its Kosovar partners new commitments for development cooperation projects in the amount of 60.05 million euros, of which 23.7 million euros are for technical (call up the lexicon entry for the term) * and 36.35 Millions of euros for financial cooperation (access the lexicon entry for the term) *.

Germany is Kosovo's largest bilateral donor and also provides further financial support for the country through EU funding programs.

The German-Kosovar cooperation focuses on the following areas:

  • Democracy, civil society and public administration
  • energy
  • Sustainable economic development

In addition to these fields of work, Kosovo is comprehensively supported by the BMZ's returnee and reintegration program "Perspective Home". The aim of the program is to advise those interested in returning to Germany and their reintegration in their home country. In addition, potential migrants are supported in improving their livelihood instead of leaving.

Since the start of the "Perspektive Heimat" program in March 2017, around 42,400 measures in the areas of training and qualification, employment, business start-ups and (psycho-) social support have been carried out in Kosovo. Of these, 6,400 measures were used to reintegrate returnees from Germany. Around 36,000 measures were carried out for the local population and returnees from third countries.

In 2015, a German Information Center for Migration, Training and Careers (DIMAK (external link)) was set up in Kosovo. It serves as a central contact point for returnees and for everyone looking for career prospects in Kosovo or Germany.