Local self-governments in North Kosovo: a dodgeball game

Release date: 03.08.2017.
111.jpg The adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244/99 created numerous challenges in the operations of local self-governments in Kosovo, especially in the Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo. Many of these challenges are still present, primarily due to different interpretations of the Resolution 1244/99 and legal and institutional solutions for the operations of these municipalities.

With the signing of the Brussels Agreement in April 2013, the conditions were in place for elections for local self-governments in North Kosovo, which would make these municipalities a part of the constitutional and legal system of Kosovo. However, local elections have not solved crucial problems in the functioning of these municipalities they face since UNMIK Mission arrived to Kosovo.

This paper provides a historical overview of the development of legislative framework for operations of local self-governments in Kosovo since the signing of the Kumanovo Agreement and arrival of UNMIK Mission, with a special focus on the functioning of Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo. The paper is available in Serbia, English and Albanian language.


Policy Brief was written as a part of the project “Support to local self-government administration reform in Northern Kosovo” funded by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, and implemented by the Institute for Territorial
Economic Development (InTER). The Project is implemented between March 2016 and July 2017.More information about the project is available HERE

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the Authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of State or the U.S Embassy.