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Country data

Population:
1.8 million
Area:
10,877 sq km
Capital:
Pristina
Currency:
Euro

Key developments and challenges

  • Strong macroeconomic stability has been maintained. The rate of growth in Kosovo remains faster than in neighbouring countries, inflation is low, and good fiscal discipline is being maintained within the context of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.
  • Negotiations have begun on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union. This is an important first step towards the country’s long-term goal of integration into the European Union (EU).
  • Progress has been made in improving the business environment. The authorities have carried out concrete steps to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, but significant problems remain.

Kosovo in the 2013 Transition Report

Our work in Kosovo

Kosovo became the 66th member of the EBRD in December 2012, but the EBRD has supported its private sector since 1999.

Kosovo

Key facts about the EBRD's work in Kosovo

No. of projects

37

Net EBRD investment

€89 million

Gross disbursements

€71 million

Portfolio in private sector

78%

 

Last updated 31 March 2014

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Our strategy for Kosovo

Structural reforms in Kosovo have been held back over the years by a combination of factors: the legacy of the conflicts in the 1990s, weak institutional and administrative capacity, and uncertainty over the country’s status which has deterred investors and distracted policy-makers from pursuing a comprehensive structural reform programme.

Kosovo now faces an opportunity to accelerate the reform process, with the full support of the Bank. As a new country of operations of EBRD, this is Kosovo’s first full Country Strategy. Building on the Bank’s experience in Kosovo for more than a decade, the Strategy is broadly designed to continue and deepen EBRD’s support to private companies to enable them to strengthen their business and governance model, expand their markets and enhance their competitiveness. 

The Bank will also prioritise support to key infrastructure projects that sustain structural reform, which is vital for private sector operations and market expansion and to facilitate cross-border linkages. Finally, the Bank aims to support the development of a business friendly environment and associated institutional framework.

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CONTACTS

Rruga Prishtinë - Fushë Kosovë
PO Box 122
10060 Pristina
Kosovo

Tel: +381 38 242 07000
Fax: +381 38 242 07071