Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda

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Kosovo
January 2019 - July 2022

BIRN Kosovo

The project intends to reach its aim by creating a partnership based on ‘Triangle Model Advocacy’ by utilising skills and expertise of think-tanks, grassroots organizations, and media, in advocating on crucial energy and environmental issues in Kosovo.

Summary

The project intends to reach its aim by creating a partnership based on ‘Triangle Model Advocacy’ by utilising skills and expertise of think-tanks, grassroots organizations, and media, in advocating on crucial energy and environmental issues in Kosovo.

Information Sheet

Donor:

European Union Office in Kosovo

Main Objective:

The main objective of this project is to foster proactive participation of civil society in Kosovo, in policy and decision making, on energy efficiency, environment, and its impact on health, in order to bring environmental policies closer to the EU acquis.

Specific Objectives: 

  • Specific Objective 1: To enhance CSOs’ and local media capacities to promote energy efficiency, renewables, health, and environmental policies;
  • Specific Objective 2: To strengthen the partnership and dialogue between CSOs, media, and public institutions in the energy sector through public discussions and combined efforts in addressing citizens’ needs;
  • Specific Objective 3: To raise citizens’ awareness, particularly among school-children, on the importance and benefits of healthy choices in energy, food, renewables, and environmental protection.

Main Activities:

  1. Capacity building of at least 50 local CSOs/citizen groups, with a special focus on advocating for energy efficiency and environmental provisions throughout Kosovo
  2. Organize two workshops with 30 journalists that focus on improving knowledge and reporting on energy efficiency, health benefits of renewables and good environment, who will publish 30 stories on local and national level media
  3. Establish and award 6 journalistic prizes in two years on best stories on energy efficiency, environment and health effects of the environment.
  4. Organize two annual ENERGY EFFICIENCY DAYS (EED)
    • Two energy themed conferences
    • One regional conference
    • One international conference
    • Two youth mobilization activities,
    • Publication of two position papers on energy efficiency, environment & health
    • Two media campaigns that include televised debates at national & local level and articles that highlight findings of policy papers produced as a result of this project.
    • Four dialogue meetings with about 200 high school & university students overall on the promotion of best energy efficiency/environmental practice.
  5. Monitoring the compliance of national and secondary legislation with Energy Community Treaty requirements and EU Acquis (Chapter 15, 27)
  6. Advocacy activities/regular meetings with public officials (Parliamentary Committees, Ministries, municipalities & regulatory bodies);
  7. Journalistic reporting and analysis on energy/environmental issues resulting in about 50 articles, analysis & TV programmes;
  8. One documentary on energy/environmental/health issues broadcast on TV and promoted widely through social media.
  9. Environmental education in 20 primary schools on these topics.

Target Groups:

  • Civil Society Organizations – 50 local CSOs for Capacity Building Trainings, including minority organizations
  • Youth – 20 primary schools for the Project’s environmental education program; 250 youth volunteers engaged in environmental education programmes
  • 200 high school and university students
  • Media – 30 journalists for the Project’s workshops, and journalists overall
  • Local and national authorities, legislators, policymakers
  • Western Balkans CSO and media
  • Wide public

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

CEE Bankwatch Network, Environmentally Responsible Action Group (ERA), Independent TV Network (Mreza)