As part of European Union’s support to Kosovo under ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law’, one of its project outputs includes the improvement of the Penitentiary System in Kosovo. For this, the European Union (EU), through its Office in Kosovo, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Economy and Finance signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September 2010 to facilitate the Construction of the High Security Prison. The project is funded by €8.5 million through EU, with a further €6.3 million of funding being provided by the Government of Kosovo.
The project was implemented far above minimal international standards for prison facilities and incorporated optimal standards that maximize the size of the cells and access to natural light, increased ventilation and welfare facilities. The complex includes the construction of 16 separate buildings and other work areas, including a gate lodge and gate house, detention blocks, administration, warehousing, kitchen and laundry, medical and educational facilities, rehabilitation workshops and visitor’s facilities.
Through a strategic project management planning and procurement process, the project has been able to save over €2 million from the original estimated project budget. By adopting a sustainable approach to project management, UNOPS was able to improve the prison design. For example, by consulting with key stakeholders and making some changes, the capacity of the prison increased from 300 cells to 390. Other infrastructure improvements include better waste water treatment facilities, the addition of dental health facilities, higher-grade window glazing to reduce heating costs and increase security, and the creation of a recycling area.
“I am very pleased with the work done. This facility is one of the best in the region and is one of the biggest projects of the Ministry of Justice for this year” Minister of Justice Hajredin Kuçi