source: KFOR

The Italian contingent in Kosovo has carried out two important civil-military cooperation projects in the medical, governmental and educational sectors.

The Italian contingent in Kosovo engaged in two civil-military cooperation projects in the medical, governmental and educational sectors

​The Italian Contingent in kosovo, emploied in the NATO mission "Joint Enterprise", in the first decade on December has achieved two important project of Civil-Military cooperation about medical, governative and education sectors to support the kosovar population.

The projects were carried out by the CIMIC (Civil Military Co-operation) cell of the Regional Command West (RC-W) of KFOR, which saw the Yellow Devils of the 185th Parachute Artillery Regiment, part of the Folgore Brigade of the Italian Army, make the donations in the municipalities of Pec/Peje and Elez Han/Han I Elezit.

The first project provided medical PPE (personal protective equipment) and sanitising gel for the Family Medicine Centre of the Municipality of Pec/Peje. The aim of the donation was to increase the personal protection of medical staff involved in combating the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The ceremony was attended by Mr Petrit Loci, Health Councillor of the Municipality of Pec/Peje, the Director of the Municipality's Family Medicine Centre, Safet Zabeli, and the Commander of KFOR Regional Command West (RC-W), Colonel Andrea Bertazzo. During the ceremony, the councillor expressed his gratitude to the Italian contingent of KFOR, saying that the PFP2 masks, visors, medical suits and sanitising gel are precious materials for the medical staff who have to work daily in contact with patients affected by Covid-19.

The second civil-military cooperation activity took place in the Municipality of Elez Han/Han I Elezit and saw the delivery of the solar panel system to supply electricity to the municipal building and the donation of outdoor games and teaching aids to the municipal kindergarten.

These donations are intended to make the environment healthier by improving the quality of the air, and on the other hand to guarantee better integration education for the young children who attend the nursery school. On this occasion, the mayor of the municipality, Mehmet Ballazhi, thanked Colonel Bertazzo for the important cooperation with the Italian contingent.

The Italian contingent of the KFOR mission, through the implementation of its civil-military cooperation projects, will continue to ensure the fulfilment of the mission's task in accordance with the dictates of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999, in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for all communities living in Kosovo.