Support to the change of state policy of Serbia towards Kosovo, and formulating new strategies to address the issue of relations between Serbia and Kosovo.
The future strategy of Serbia has to be based on the interests of the citizens and the requirements of everyday life. Previous policy had a focus on territory, international and legal issues, and high politics. Behind high politics are everyday problems faced by both citizens of Serbia and Kosovo. Freedom of movement is limited, communication, transport, trade, cultural and scientific exchange are made difficult. Verification of diplomas is disabled, there is no agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, and CEFTA doesn not function as a free trade zone. Those are all problems that directly influence life and standard of citizens. Website kolikokostakosovo.info is a result of work of Policy Center researchers. On the website you can find information and documents about spending of taxpayers’ money from Serbia on Kosovo. Policy Center will regularly update the website and publish new information and documents that our researcher find, or with your help.
Website has two goals:
1. To be one of the indicators of what is hidden under the banner of “sovereignty and territorial integrity”
2. Increasing the transparency of budgetary spendings
Allocations of Serbia for Kosovo do not have to be controversial, if they go through legal channels, and if clear and precise information on the purpose, way of spending and results achieved with this money are available to citizens. Budgetary allocations for Kosovo have a human dimension – help for people who are on the edge of poverty (or below the edge), reconstruction of destroyed houses and other objects, donations to health and social institutions and schools. However, many of the costs are hidden, can be found in abstract budget lines, and no one knows for exact reason for such allocations. Other huge problem is the control and monitoring of money. Tax system of Serbia, or any other Serbian authority does not function on Kosovo. There is no inspection, annual balance sheets and reports are not submitted, nor reports on realization of different projects. This situation seriously undermines the rule of law in Serbia and drastically increases potentials for corruption and other crimes. Increasing the transparency of budgetary spending represents a first step for citizens of Serbia to establish full control over spending of their money by the state