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Maas: Germany Committed to Supporting Kosovo

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Photo: Gestik

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his government will continue its extensive financial support for Kosovo.

20 years after the intervention of Germany and its NATO partners in the Kosovo war, the German government has announced that it will continue its extensive financial support for the country, which has been independent for ten years.

Speaking to the German paper Stuttgarder Nachrichten, Maas said that Germany wants “a European perspective for the Western Balkans, and therefore for Kosovo as well. The reforms that have been undertaken there are impressive, and I think that has to be acknowledged.”

Between 2014 and 2018, the German government supported Kosovo with 179.33 million euros, according to the Foreign Office. The money was invested in the development of infrastructure, the economy and in administrative and judicial reforms, but also in the fight against organized crime.

In addition to direct donations from Germany, the Kosovo government received 350.3 million euros from the EU between 2014 and 2017. For 2018 and 2019, the EU has earmarked 295.3 million euros for the country. Overall, European financial injections account for almost one-third of the Kosovan state budget.

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