The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Sebastian Kurz, visited Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje on 27th February 2014 in the context of the support of the Austrian Development Agency to the project “EDI – Integration of Kosovo minorities through education, dialogue and involvement in the municipal decision-making process”.
Mr. Kurz met with the community and personally witnessed the impacts of EDI project financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation, in addition he met with the representatives from the implementing organizations, Balkan Sunflowers Kosova, Sports Sans Frontières and The Ideas Partnership, to find out more about their activities, challenges faced so far and how to make the project successful.
The event started with the visit of The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Sebastian Kurz, to The Ideas Partnership’s and Balkan Sunflowers Learning Centres and continued with a presentation at the BSFK strategy office, where the work of these two organizations and Sports Sans Frontières activities all over Kosovo were presented to the minister and his delegates.
The session concluded with a number of questions from the audience, about the challenges faced in integration of Kosovo minority communities, how is EDI project impacting the actual situation, successful outcomes so far and these were answered to by the project beneficiaries and the consortium leaders.
The EDI project seeks to mobilize and support Kosovo non-majority communities in demanding and securing for themselves full human rights and integration in Kosovo society, thus facilitating the integration of minorities from 17 municipalities in Kosovo through inclusive education for children and adults, inter-ethnic dialogue activities for youth, and access to the municipal decision-making process for members of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.