To advance the country’s water sector reform, the Government of Kosovo established in 2008 the Water Task Force (WTF): an inter-ministerial decision-making body shaping the sector’s policy & strategy frame-work and related action plans, as well as coordinating the domestic and external sector actors. The Swiss Government supported the WTF by funding through SECO long-term consultants, short-term experts and a backstopping mandate by Skat from 2009 to 2013. To transform the successful WTF into a permanent institution, an Inter-Ministerial Water Council (IMWC) was introduced into Kosovo’s Water Law of 2013.
In continuation of its assistance, SECO supports over 2014-2020 (2+2+1+1 years) the IMWC by funding two permanent advisors (on water policy, respectively regulatory aspects) and two intermittent advisors (legal and an economic expert) seconded to the Office of Prime Minister, a project assistant, international and national short-term experts as per specific needs, and Skat’s backstopping services. The aim is to enable the IMWC as “coordinating and decision-taking body that examines the systematic issues of water, the harmonization of the different needs and interests, and proposes measures for the development, utilization and protection of water resources and systems of Kosovo”. The main expected outcomes are that:
- The Council coordinates the sector development and addresses the related core systemic problems;
- A comprehensive legal, policy and strategy framework in the sector is developed and enforced;
- Inter-institutional coordination, collaboration and learning in the sector are strengthened;
- An improved regulatory and institutional framework for sustainable water resources management and protection as well as for the sustainability of the water services industry is in place and performs.