Kosovo has made the EU integration process as one of its key policy objectives. Over the past years, Kosovo made progress in its efforts to come nearer to the European Union. Nowadays Kosovo is ready to take the final step in its path to the EU integration process by applying for EU membership and obtaining the candidate status. The (SAA) Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Union and Kosovo entered into force in April 2016. This agreement is a milestone for Kosovo’s path towards the EU future, providing an inclusive framework for closer economic relations, a political dialogue between Kosovo and the European Union, including opening the EU markets to Kosovo products.

Taking into consideration the obstacles regarding the agri-environmental issues, the major challenges and strategic objectives are to protect the natural resources and environment in rural areas, as well as to address the issue of climate changes by achieving sustainable and efficient use of the land, forestry management and by introducing new methods of agricultural production which will preserve the environment. Kosovo has adopted the EU Legislation basic principles regarding the preservation of nature, and water and air protection. With the important advances in the legislation concerning Environmental Protection up to date, Kosovo has pursued approximation to EU standards as a whole, as well as the EIA, SEA, IPPC and Nature Protection.

Kosovo is facing crucial challenges in developing a competitive economy and reforming national policies to be closer to those in the European Union (EU). Agriculture as the biggest and main sector has been driven largely by the need to improve productivity and increase the competitiveness of domestic products. The range of policy instruments for the long-term development of organic agriculture, environment and institutional capacity building remains the main challenges for the period after 2020.

Environmental issues such as air pollution remain one of the highest health risk factors, contributing to cardiopulmonary and lung cancer mortality. Air pollution reaches high levels of PM 10 and 2.5 and in January 2018 record pollution levels were recorded in Prishtina. The quality of water resources is poor, with a majority of rivers being badly polluted by mines, tailing areas, municipal dumps and sewers from the bigger cities. Only 8% of the urban wastewater is connected to sewers and treated in compliance with standards. Rural wastewater treatment does not exist. Environmental challenges further include illegal forest cutting and waste management with a high number of illegal landfills. It’s, therefore, necessary to promote and implement EU standards and environmental and waste management strategies, that enable the establishment of sustainable and more effective quality and environmental protection system, as well as to promote the rational use of national resources and reduce the negative impact of environment and prepare for EU membership. The sustainability revolution towards “green growth” and environmental protection using the EU standards has emerged to find ways to make growth compatible with economic and environmental sustainability without neglecting social sustainability. Therefore, the key activity is teaching the best EU practices in these areas.

Against this background, the ENACT Jean Monnet Module offered by the International Business College Mitrovica (IBC-M) from 2020 to 2023 did not only seek to provide students with notions about the EU Best Practice on Environment and Agriculture but also to working with professionals of the sectors.

The scientific products (papers, reports, etc) resulted from the research activities of the project will be disseminated and promoted within the academic community and the wider public.

Workshops for working professionals will be held as well as synergy with the planned Scientific Conference in June 2022.

The module is co-funded by the European Commission through its Erasmus+ grant programme from Jean Monnet Activities.

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What are Jean Monnet modules?

A Jean Monnet Module is a short teaching programme (or course) that is designed to:

  • promote research and first teaching experience for young researchers, scholars, and practitioners on EU issues
  • raise interest in the EU and create the basis for future poles of European knowledge
  • foster the introduction of a European angle into certain fields of study
  • deliver tailor-made courses on specific EU issues relevant for graduates in their professional life
  • foster the publication and dissemination of the results of academic research

The Modules aim to provide more information and knowledge on the EU to more citizens as well as make EU affairs more mainstream.

The Module offers the opportunity for higher education institutions (HEIs) to host a short teaching programme or course in the field of EU studies. A Module can be:

  • a general or introductory course on EU issues
  • specialised teaching on EU developments
  • fully recognised summer courses or intensive courses.

Each module must last a minimum of 40 hours per academic year.

Jean Monnet Modules must be coordinated by professors and researchers working in a higher education institution.

To support young researchers starting their academic careers, up to 20% of the budget will go to modules coordinated by researchers who have obtained a Doctoral degree in the last five years.

Jean Monnet – Modules is managed by the EACEA in Brussels and co-funded under the Erasmus+ Programme.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME AND JEAN MONNET ACTIVITIES, VISIT HTTPS://EC.EUROPA.EU/PROGRAMMES/ERASMUS-PLUS/OPPORTUNITIES/JEAN-MONNET_EN.

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NEWS AND EVENTS

Jean Monnet’s professors address to the online environmental forum at IBC-M College in Mitrovica

A forum bringing together IBC-M faculty and students’ future environmentalist on April 22, was organized to commemorate Earth Day, as an annual event. Panel discussions and presentations engaged with key topics were focused on the following areas: How to make the Earth a better place through reduced waste generation, water conservation, ensure food safety and … Continue reading Jean Monnet’s professors address to the online environmental forum at IBC-M College in Mitrovica

OPEN CALL for the enrollment on the Jean Monnet module “BEST EUROPEAN PRACTICES IN ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE”

International Business College Mitrovica (IBC-M) announces an open call for the enrollment of 20 students on the module “Best European Practices in Environment and Agriculture” in the academic year 2020-2021 within the Jean Monnet project as a part of the ERASMUS+ programme. GENERAL INFORMATION The main goal of the ENACT module is to enable and … Continue reading OPEN CALL for the enrollment on the Jean Monnet module “BEST EUROPEAN PRACTICES IN ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE”

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Academic staff

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Mihone Kerolli Mustafa

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Jelena Djokic

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Ekrem Gjokaj

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Jelena Stanojevic

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