The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the European Union (EU) entered into force in April 2016, putting relations on a comprehensive contractual basis for the first time. The SAA serves as a guide for Kosovo’s European integration process by identifying necessary political, economic and legal reforms. This process is reviewed annually by the European Commission.
To date, the capacity of Kosovo’s institutions to harmonise legislation and to adopt and apply EU standards is not yet sufficient to ensure long-term and sustainable progress in the integration process.
Kosovo’s Ministry of European Integration (MEI) has an important role to play here. It must guarantee that the European integration process is given priority at policy level and ensure the full and unreserved participation of all of Kosovo’s institutions.
The Ministry of European Integration coordinates planning and implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) effectively on the basis of the structures provided for in the Agreement.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is helping Kosovo to build and strengthen institutional capacity to implement the process of integrating into the EU. This involves providing advice on processes and organisational procedures. Importance is attached to technical expertise, particularly from the countries of south-east Europe. Other partner institutions besides MEI include the relevant parliamentary committees and the Departments for European Integration and Policy Coordination in the sectoral ministries.
During the implementation of the project EuroNavigator provided expertise in the field of Parliamentary oversight of SAA process, role of the EU Integration committee, cooperation with EU institutions and basics of visibility activities within EU Institutions.