Legislative and executive power in Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo

Release date: 08.08.2017.
Zakonodavna_i_izvrsna_vlast_u_opstinama_sa_srpskom_vecinom_na_severu_Kosova.jpg A system of local self-governments in North Kosovo have been operating like a rollercoaster which surprises you with a free fall and a sudden change of direction, but it always goes back to the beginning, where the ride started.

Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo retained the institutional structure that existed in Kosovo before 1999, which continued to operate under the laws of the Republic of Serbia even after the arrival of the UNMIK mission. On the other hand, municipalities have also adopted administrative structures established within the framework of the UNMIK mission, and later the Kosovo Government. In this way, a dual system was created in which the municipalities in North Kosovo operate: one in line with Serbian and the other with Kosovo legislation.

Institute for Territorial Economic Development - InTER has published the paper which presents similarities and differences in the functioning of the two systems in the Serb-majority municipalities in North Kosovo. It also provides a comparative overview of the laws on local self-government of Serbia and Kosovo, with particular emphasis on the competences regarding the functioning of municipal assemblies, and the elections, responsibilities and authority of the president of the municipality, i.e. the mayor.

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