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Kosovo receives $34.7 million grant from U.S.

Money meant to help with integration into EU, promote growth, support democratic institutions

By Associated Press
Published: September 15, 2023, 8:17pm

PRISTINA, Kosovo — The U.S. Agency for International Development has given Kosovo another grant to help the country’s integration into the European Union and Euro-Atlantic institutions, to promote its growth and to support the development of democratic institutions, the U.S. Embassy in Pristina said Friday.

The U.S. has invested $2 billion in Kosovo since 1999, including investments of over $1 billion from USAID. The $34.7 million is the last Congress-approved installment of funds for Kosovo.

“Our USAID programs in Kosovo are all intended to ensure that all Kosovans can access effective and accountable services from their institutions, are empowered to demand accountability for these services, and can thrive through strong economic and democratic opportunities,” U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Jeffrey M. Hovenier said.

Kosovo’s president, Vjosa Osmani, said the government’s agreement with USAID “will contribute to the continuous reduction of corruption and increasing the efficiency in reacting to the citizens’ needs.”

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, nine years after NATO conducted a campaign against Serbia to stop a crackdown against ethnic Albanians.

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