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Kosovo unveils EU-consulted draft programme on 2018-2020 economic reforms

Kosovo unveils EU-consulted draft programme on 2018-2020 economic reforms Marina Mikhaylova/All rights reserved.

PRISTINA (Kosovo), January 15 (SeeNews) – Kosovo's finance ministry unveiled on Monday a draft programme for economic reforms planned for the period 2018-2020 with a focus on the main obstacles to doing business, coordinated with the European Union office in the country.

The programme is a tool through which the European Commission will monitor Kosovo’s performance as a potential candidate for EU membership in transforming the economy and achieving European market standards, finance minister Bedri Hamza said in a press release after a meeting with representatives of the business community and civil society.

The drafting of this economic programme is a process that helps Kosovo in designing the most appropriate, reliable and affordable economic and social policies for implementing reforms, the head of the political, economic and integration section of the EU office in Kosovo, Riccardo Serri said, adding that the draft is now being considered by the EC.

The draft programme analyzes in detail the current situation and identifies concrete measures for structural reforms in nine priority areas such as public finance management, energy and transport, agriculture, industry and services, business environment and the reduction of informal economy, innovation and the digital economy, trade, education, the labour market, and social care.