24 July 2020 – Balkans Group organised an online
workshop on the Kosovo- Serbia technical dialogue, with citizens of North
Mitrovica. Through this event, BPRG aimed to expand citizens’ involvement and
understanding on the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue process.
Due to its nature, the workshop was structured in
one session. Initially, participants were given narratives of some of the
agreements and were encouraged to discuss their content. Each narrative
provided a brief summary of the specific agreement by focusing on three main
segments: introduction of the agreement, state of implementation and the
challenges and benefits.
During this workshop, citizens had the opportunity
to share their ideas and opinions regarding the content; which was presented to
them, and to contribute to its objectiveness.
Citizens welcomed BPRG’s initiative to increase
their involvement in the process; and emphasized the necessity to focus on the
everyday effects or challenges that citizens of Kosovo face (based on their
ethnicity) due to insufficient progress on the normalisation of relations
between Pristina and Belgrade.
Participants were also asked to fill a short
online survey, which was supposed to encourage them to brainstorm and express
their opinions on the dialogue, anonymously.
Based on the conducted survey, BPRG found that the
citizens were moderately informed about the dialogue process and that the main
sources of information were social networks and academic papers and reports.
“The impact of the agreement” and their
“State of Implementation” were underlined as the main components that need to
be presented to the general public, when referring to the agreements.
This workshop was organized as part of the project
“Advancing Kosovo Institutions, Democratisation and Regional Cooperation” and
falls under one of the regional cooperation pillars of the project, which aims
to promote and support the dialogue on normalisation of relations between
Kosovo and Serbia.
This activity is funded
by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pristina.