The north of Kosovo is of special importance for the European Union, both for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the ongoing normalisation process, the new head of the EU Office in KosovoTomáš Szunyog has told reporters on Tuesday, adding the bloc has invested a lot in the area in the recent years, and that the first results are seen.
He recalled the EU had so far allocated 38.5 million Euro in socio-economic projects in the north of Kosovo within the IPA programme and more than 11 million Euro from the Fund for the Development of the North, the website KoSSev reported.
"The fonds are invested in infrastructure, support for local small businesses and farmers, the local NGO sector and others. I hope you make good use of EU-funded projects, such as the new bus station and the renovated health centre in North Mitrovica," Szunyog said.
He added that "we are now in the process of preparing the financial cycle, which will begin in January 2021, and the European Commission will announce new investments b next week," Szunyog said.
Asked why the EU hasn't opened the bridge over the Ibar river, dividing the town of Mitrovica, one of the projects the EU has funded, he said he believed progress had already been made.
The Czech diplomat visited the north of Kosovo less than a month after taking office from Natalija Apostolova, and this, as he stated, was his first official visit outside Pristina.
Szunyog also met the representatives of local governments in the municipalities of South and North Mitrovica, students and representatives of civil society, and visited projects funded by the EU in the previous period - the building of the International Business College and a sports hall in North Mitrovica.