The Government Strategy for Cooperation with Civil Society 2013-2017 marked the first concrete results only at the end of its implementation with the entry into force of the Regulation on Minimum Standards for the Public Consultation Process, respectively the Regulation on Procedures and Criteria for Public Financing of NGOs. However, most of these were based on the contribution of civil society and not by the budget committed or the commitment of the necessary human resources from the government, which were never met by the Government. At the end of 2017, drafting a new co-operation Strategy has started for the period 2018-2022.
CSOs continue freely to request and secure funds from various domestic and foreign sources. The main part of the restrictions from the Law on Prevention Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism has been abolished, although there are still some serious demands for the sector.
Tax incentives for private donors have not changed since 2015, but there is virtually no data proving any positive effect of the existing provisions. The lack of legal harmonization, the inadequacy of implementation mechanisms and the insufficient promotion of tax incentives have made them almost never used by private companies or citizens of Kosovo.
The government has adopted a model for public funding of CSOs, on which a detailed regulation on procedures and criteria for public funding of NGOs has been drafted and adopted. However, until this regulation begins to be implemented in practice, public funds for CSOs have continued to be distributed without any clear criteria.
Financial Reporting for CSOs is almost identical to businesses, making a number of specific CSO needs not being addressed by reporting forms and mechanisms.