October 20, 2017
EU-funded multi-beneficiary project ‘Cross-border Institution Building – CBIB+ Phase II’ in close cooperation with the Ministry of Local Self-government, under the auspices of the European Commission (EC), on the 17th and 18th of October 2017 organized the 5th Regional CBC Forum in Struga, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Over 80 representatives of the institutional structures managing the EU-funded cross-border programmes under the Instruments for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA and IPA II) actively participated in this event. The participants came from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, all beneficiary territories of the financial assistance provided by the 2007-2013 IPA and 2014-2020 IPA II. The main topic of the Forum was the Evaluation of the IPA CBC Programmes 2007-2013 and lessons learned through the implementation of these programmes. Also the start of the new IPA CBC Programmes 2014-2020 was part of the discussion and the improvement of the implementation of the programmes, management of the programme, future strategic projects and performance framework was also part of the Forum work. Representing the IPA CBC Programme Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Forum participated the CBC Programme Manager Mr. Dardan Sadriu and Mrs. Aida Rexhepi-Xhemajli from the EU Office in Kosovo, representatives of the Operating Structures: the General Secretary Mrs. Rozafa Ukimeraj and Mr.Trim Berisha from the Ministry ...
September 06, 2017
The 4th Project Steering committee meeting took place on 5th of September 2017, at European Union Office in Kosovo. As per the agenda, the JTS staff presented the 3rd Technical Assistance Service Contract Progress Report for the period 15th January 2017 to 14th July 2017. The 3rd Progress Report consisted of the Narrative and financial report along with Audit report has been approved unanimously by PSC members, along with the foreseen activities within the next implementing period covering the time period of July 15th 2017 to January 14th 2018. The project Steering Committee is consisted of Mr.Dardan Sadriu – CBC Programme Manager in the EU Office in Kosovo in the role of Chair of the Project Steering Committee, Mrs. Nita Krliu Hajrullai – Head of EU cooperation Department in the Ministry of Local Self-government in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Besim Kamberaj – Head of Department for regional cooperation and development and Mr. Trim Berisha – Head of CBC programmes representing the Ministry of Local Government Administration in Kosovo. While the Joint technical Secretariat has been represented by Mrs. Albertina Binaku – Head of JTS, Berat Limani – Antenna officer and Faton Kelmendi – Financial Manager.
August 23, 2017
IPA CBC Programme Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in coordination with the Operating Structures: Ministry of Local Government Administration and the Ministry of Local Self-government and approval from the European Union Office in Kosovo Open the following Public Announcement Training Expert – CBC Programme Requested services The training for staff of the JMC/OS will be based on the Rules of Procedure for Joint Monitoring Committee members that underline duties, obligation and responsibilities of members that are foreseen by the Framework Agreement (Article 78). These programme skills are based on comprehensive training needs analysis of the JMC/OS /JTS members. The training will: Promote the essential team approach Provide a good working knowledge of key operational and compliance areas governing joint programme management Ensure that the trainees have a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities within the CBC programme implementing arrangements Endow the trainees with the practical skills to fully assume their roles in the various CBC implementation activities Introduce participants to strategies to deal with common programme management challenges. Envisaged trainings will include topics: I. Communication Skills Training - Effective Communication; II. Leadership and Team Building Training Course III. Programme documents preparation for next period of IPA programme Application for this vacancy will be open from August 23rd to 6th of September 2017. Please ...
June 30, 2017
The EU Office in Kosovo in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Government Administration in Kosovo and the Ministry of Local Self-government in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and with the support of Joint Technical Secretariat organized four info days and partner search forums whereby a presentation of the First Call for Proposals under IPA II CBC Programme Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020 has been presented to interested parties. The info days were organized in Gjilan and Prizren in Kosovo on the 20th and 21st of June 2017, while in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Kumanovo and Tetovo on the 28th and 29th of June 2017. The participants representing civil society organization, regional and local government institutions, chambers of commerce, Regional development centres and agencies, business support centres and SMEs had the opportunity to learn in details about the opportunities under the Call for Proposals and application procedures. Representative of EU office in Kosovo initially explained the rules and regulation in details, followed by a session whereby the participants were able to address questions and clarification on the call for proposal. Furthermore, the JTS staff presented the developed tools in order to support all interested parties in establishing potential partnership within both countries. Representing the Operating Structures in the Info Days participated: Mrs. Rozafa Ukimeraj – General Secretary of the Ministry of ...
June 13, 2017
EU in Kosovo has just launched a call for proposals under the IPA II Cross Border Cooperation Kosovo- the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020 for under IPA 2014 and 2015 allocation. In line with the objectives specified in the Programme Document, the global objective of this Call for Proposals is to foster co-operation among institutions and organization in the cross-border region in order to support sustainable economic growth and strengthen social cohesion. The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation on the following internet site: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publi.welcome. The deadline for submission of proposals is 28 July 2017 at 16:00 hrs. An information session on this call for proposals will be held on: Date City Place Time 20th of June 2017 Gjilan/Gnjilane Municipal Assembly (Mayor’s office, 1st floor) 11:00-13:30 21st of June 2017 Prizren Prizren Municipality 3rd floor – Conference room 11:00-13:30 28th of June 2017 Kumanovo Former committee building (Hall of the City Council of Kumanovo) Address: Ilindenska nn 1300 12:00-14:00 29th of June 2017 Tetovo Business Development Center South East European University Address: Ilindenska 335, 1200 11:00-13:30 For any assistance please do contact JTS staff based in JTS office in Gjilan and Antenna office in Kumanovo; JTS Office Str. Gjergj Sereqi, no. 4 Gjilan, Kosovo +381 280 310538 firstname.lastname@example.org Antenna Office Str. Hristijan Todorovski Karposh, no. 73 Kumanovo, the Former Yugoslav ...
May 29, 2017
On the 29th of May, the CBC Programme Manager Mr.Dardan Sadriu from the EU Office in Kosovo and the Joint Technical Secretariat team composed of the Head of JTS Mrs. Albertina Binaku and the Financial Manager Mr. Faton Kelmendi completed an on-spot check of the Project “Prevention of HIV transmissions and drugs among resident population in the cross-border area” at the offices of NGO Labyrinth in Prishtina. The project is implemented jointly by NGO Labyrinth in Prishtina and Civil Association HOPS-Healthy Options Project in Skopje and financed by EU Office in Kosovo and Delegation of EU in Skopje through IPA I CBC programme 2007-2013. Overall objective of the project is to contribute to sustainable social cohesion between Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo through establishing cross-border partnership in the area of HIV/drugs prevention. Specific objectives include the following: raising awareness on prevention of HIV transmission and drug prevention among most-at-risk population in target municipalities; promoting partnership between the civil and public sector in establishing sustainable HIV prevention mechanisms; promoting cross-border co-operation between local institutions and organizations from bordering areas of Macedonia and Kosovo as valuable tool for exchange of best practices and achieving long-term results on regional level The project was implemented for 24 months with a total budget of 426,244.00 Euro
May 24, 2017
On the 23rd and 24th of May 2017, JTS Staff and OS participated in the Regional Workshop for IPA II JTS Staff organized by CBIB+ in Durres, Albania. The workshop was organized for all Western Balkans JTS and Antenna office staff of the new IPA 2014-2020 programme with participants coming from Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the workshop also participated the Operating structures and the Delegations/ Offices of the EU in western Balkans. From the Contracting Authority of the IPA CBC Programme Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020, representing the EU office in Kosovo participated Mr. Dardan Sadriu – Programme Manager. Representing the Operating Structures from the Ministry of Local Government Administration participated Mr. Besim Kamberaj, Mr. Trim Berisha and Mrs. Samire Jaha. Representing the Ministry of Local Self-government from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia participated Mrs. Nita Krliu Harjullai and Mr. Arsim Fidani. The workshop was organized to address several challenges the JTS/Antenna staff are facing during the implementation of the new IPA II programme. The topics of TA contract implementation, preparation of Calls for proposals, evaluation and contracting, the JTS manual and procedures, ex-post monitoring and monitoring systems were discussed during the first session of the workshop. In the second session of the workshop all the bodies related to the implementation ...
May 08, 2017
JTS staff completed on-spot check monitoring visits to the project "Cooperative Boundary Learning for Eco-system Management and Sustainable Development in Sharr Mountain Region" implemented by University of Prishtina in Kosovo and University of Tetovo in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Project is 24 months, and its implemented in Republic of Kosovo (South Economic Region and East Economic Region) and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Polog region) Main beneficiaries of the project include Staff and students of involved in both universities; conservation management authorities; local community, state institutions; NGOs; private sector and business communities in both countries The JTS team performed examination of related foreseen procedures and activities within the of the grant contract : the financial procedures and supporting documents : invoices, contracts, payments, budget reconciliation, staff engagement and their performance The JTS team also discuss the action working plan, the activity timeframe and further steps in project implementation. For more information on the IPA CBC Programme Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020, please click also on programme facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ipacbckosovoformeryugoslavrepublicofmacedonia/
April 19, 2017
On the 19th and 20th of April 2017, the CBC Programme Manager Mr.Dardan Sadriu from the EU Office in Kosovo and the Joint technical Secretariat Team composed of the Head of the JTS Mrs. Albertina Binaku, Antenna Project Officer Mr. Berat Limani and JTS Financial Manager Mr. Faton Kelmendi organized the 5th monitoring visits for the last implementing project of IPA I CBC Programme 2007-2013 beneficiaries, namely the project “Cooperative Boundary Learning for Eco-system Management and Sustainable Development in Sharr Mountain Region”. Overall objective of the project is: Establishment of a ‘live’ network of academics and practitioners on cooperative transboundary learning for ecosystem management, aiming on the long term at the sustainable management of the natural resources and securing ecosystem services necessary for a good life in the Sharr mountain cross-border region. Specific objectives consist of: • Building up capacity, strengthening cooperation and exchange students and experiences between higher education institutions of Kosovo, Macedonia and further partners in Europe for cooperative transboundary ecosystem management. • Creating a win-win-situation by enhancing cooperation between universities, conservation authorities, stakeholders and NGOs active in the target region integrating real life examples into teaching. Target groups of the action are the Universities, conservation management authorities, local governmental authorities, NGOs, private sector, business communities. The total duration of the project is 24 months ...
April 13, 2017
Today, April 13th 2017, the Head of Joint Technical Secretariat Mrs. Albertina Binaku, the EU task manager Mrs. Burbuqe Kelmendi and the financial manager Mr. Faton Kelmendi from the JTS office visited the Municipality of Dragash for ex-post monitoring purposes. In the meeting also the participated Mr. Shahadin Tershjaku – Advisor to the Mayor, Mr. Avni Nebiu – director of the administration of the municipality, Mr. Flamur Sylejmani – department of agriculture, rural development and tourism and Mr. Nexhat Tershjaku – department of culture, youth and sports. The meeting was held in the premises of the of the Municipality of Dragash. Mucipality of Dragash has implemented the Project “Tourism, Open door to Cross Border Cooperation” in cooperation with the Municipality of Gostivar. The project was financed by EU office in Kosovo, through the IPA I CBC Programme Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2007-2013.
February 23, 2017
EU-funded multi-beneficiary project ‘Cross-border Institution Building – CBIB+ Phase II’ in close cooperation with the European Integration Office of the Government of Serbia, under the auspices of the European Commission (EC), on the 23rd and 24th of February organized the Fourth Regional CBC Forum in Belgrade, Serbia. Over 80 representatives of the institutional structures managing the EU-funded cross-border programmes under the Instruments for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA and IPA II) took active part in this event. The participants came from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, all beneficiary territories of the financial assistance provided by the 2007-2013 IPA and 2014-2020 IPA II. The main topic of the Forum was the Evaluation of the IPA CBC Programmes 2007-2013 and lessons learned through the implementation of these programmes. Also the start of the new IPA CBC Programmes 2014-2020 was part of the discussion and the improvement of the implementation of the programmes, management of the programme, future strategic projects and performance framework was also part of the Forum work. Representing the IPA CBC Programme Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Forum participated the CBC Programme Manager Mr. Dardan Sadriu and Mrs. Arbena Abrashi from the EU Office in Kosovo, representatives of the Operating Structures: the General Secretary Mrs. Rozafa Ukimeraj, Mr. Besim Kamberaj and Mr.Trim ...
February 13, 2017
On the February 13th 2017, The Joint Monitoring Committee of the IPA CBC Programme Kosovo - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020 held the second meeting in Skopje. During the meeting the following were approved: 1. Annual Implementation Report 20016 IPA I CBC 2010-2013 2. Annual Implementation Report 20016 IPA II CBC 2014 - 2020 3. Annual working plan 2017 4. Annual communication plan 2017 5. Training need assessment report for the JMC members Link to the facebook page
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