The EU twinning project “Strengthening policy formulation and legislative drafting” was launched on 16 November 2016 in Priština. The IRZ is managing this project, which will run for 24 months, together with the Kosovan Ministry of Justice. The project builds on the results of previous twinning projects and is a continuation of the successful cooperation with the Ministry.

The aim of the project is to improve skills in drafting policy documents and proposals for legislation. The need for this to take place was established from the fact that, in spite of all the progress made by the justice system in Kosovo, there is still room for improvement, particularly when it comes to technical issues in the legislation process. The current practice of introducing frequent changes to the law needs to be replaced by proactive political planning geared towards sustainability and compatibility.

The new twinning project also took on new significance for Kosovo with the signing of the Stability and Association Agreement with the EU, which came into force on 1 April 2016 and should lead to further far-reaching reforms in the legal system, as well as in other areas. A reliable legal system should also help to improve the economic situation in the country.