The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Towards better movement between Serbia and Kosovo*
Six common crossing points between Serbia and Kosovo will boost free trade, movement of people and regional cooperation.
On 16 February, President Thaçi, Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, Special Representative of the EU Ms. Nataliya Apostolova and Ministers Edita Tahiri and Skënder Hyseni marked the start of construction for the 24 million euro project.
From Europe, UNOPS supports peace and security, development and humanitarian projects throughout the region and the world – building a pathway towards sustainable development.
Three common crossing points will be hosted and reconstructed under the Integrated border Management Kosovo Project. The other three will be funded by the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia.
Each crossing point will include perimeter security, safe and unobstructed access, parking, administrative buildings, and public utility/services.
Through the project's life, UNOPS will manage and supervise the implementation of the works, all the while protecting human rights, labour and the environment. As the implementing partner, UNOPS is also committed to a transparent and corruption-free project.
The first of these crossing points should be operational in approximately 18 months. Apart from regional cooperation project partners are optimistic that the crossing points will reduce crime and increase security in the region.
*all references to Kosovo are made in the context of UNSCR 1244.