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EU Twinning Project to Support the Environment Sector

The Kosovo Environment Protection Agency (KEPA) is the beneficiary of an EU Twinning project named “Support to the Environment Sector in Kosovo”. It is an EU funded project with duration of 22 months, a budget of 1.0m EUR and 0.1 m EUR of co-financing from the Kosovo State Budget.

Background
To improve the state of the environment in Kosovo, a number of efforts have already been taken by the Kosovo Environment Protection Agency. In conjunction with the efforts to start the implementation of EU Environmental Policies and the preparations for the utilisation of the future IPA Environment Development Component, KEPA has to introduce new major policies and means to support general, sectoral and institutional reforms and developments.

This project will be implemented by the Environment Agency Austria, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), in co-operation with experts from the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. These three Countries already passed the process of EU accession and have successfully implemented similar Twining projects in East and South-East Europe. The Kosovo Environment Protection Agency expects that this project will be a milestone for preparing Kosovo’s road towards EU.