UNMIK/REG/2000/27

REGULATION NO. 2000/27

ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General,

Pursuant to the authority given to him under United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) of 10 June 1999,

Taking into account United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Regulation No. 1999/1 of 25 July 1999, as amended, on the Authority of the Interim Administration in Kosovo and UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/1 of 14 January 2000 on the Kosovo Joint Interim Administrative Structure,

For the purpose of establishing the Administrative Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development,

Hereby promulgates the following:

Section 1
Administrative Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development

The Administrative Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (hereinafter "the Department") is hereby established.
1.2 The Department shall be responsible for the overall management of matters relating to agriculture, forestry and rural development in Kosovo.
1.3 The Department shall implement the policy guidelines formulated by the Interim Administrative Council in the field of agriculture, forestry and rural development.

Section 2
Functions

2.1 The Department may make policy recommendations to the Interim Administrative Council through the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration concerning, inter alia:

(a) An overall strategy for the development of non-discriminatory, efficient, transparent and accountable agriculture, forestry and rural development in Kosovo;

(b) The regulatory framework for agriculture, forestry and rural development, including the setting of standards and the preparation of regulations; and

(c) Formulation of programs and budgets for the development of agriculture, forestry and rural development.

2.2 The Department shall:

(a) Implement the strategy and policies for the development of agriculture, forestry and rural development within the framework of the Kosovo Consolidated Budget;

(b) Co-ordinate with other Administrative Departments on matters pertaining to agriculture, forestry and rural development;

(c) Co-ordinate activities of international and governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations in order to promote the coherent development and implementation of agriculture, forestry and rural development policies;

(d) Formulate and implement a land use policy aimed at protecting agricultural land, including criteria for re-allotting public land and modifying land use without confiscation;

(e) Oversee, in coordination with the Administrative Department of Health and Social Welfare, adherence to health standards as it pertains to agriculture, forestry and rural development;

(f) Oversee the provision of veterinary services, including, but not limited to, the prevention of animal diseases and improvement of the quality of herds and flocks;

(g) Oversee quality control services of food and agricultural inputs for the purpose of protecting consumers in relation to internal production, importation and exportation;

(h) Oversee activities aimed at eradicating pests, vermin, plant diseases or other destructive agents;

(i) Formulate a water resources management policy and assist in the development of irrigation schemes;

(j) Participate in the development of credit schemes aimed at supporting the private sector as it relates to agriculture, forestry and rural development;

(k) Administer forestry services, including issuing licenses for tree-felling, forest control for rationalizing the exploitation of forest resources, planning reforestation, fire-fighting and fire prevention, pest and disease control;

(l) Regulate and oversee hunting activities;

(m) Participate in environmental protection activities as they relate to agriculture, forestry, hunting and water resources management;

(n) Design and implement a fully-operational management information system so that all decisions, policies and processes in the agricultural, forestry and rural development sectors rest upon a sound and up-to-date basis of accurate data; and

(o) Perform such functions as are ancillary to those set out above in this section and are assigned to the Department by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration.

Section 3
Co-Heads of the Department

Co-Heads of the Department, under the supervision of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Civil Administration, shall be jointly responsible for:

(a) Managing the Department and ensuring that the functions entrusted to it are implemented;

(b) Staffing, organizing and administering the Department and issuing administrative instructions and operating guidelines on any matters pertaining to the functions of the Department; and

(c) The effective and efficient management of resources provided to the Department from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget or from any other source.

Section 4
Personnel and Employment Policy

Co-Heads of the Department shall:

(a) Implement non-discriminatory personnel policies designed to ensure that the composition of the staff of the Department reflects the multi-ethnic character of Kosovo;

(b) Endeavour to ensure equitable gender balance in all areas and levels within the Department; and

(c) Ensure that all recruitment is based on professional qualifications, competence and merit.

Section 5
Implementation

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General may issue administrative directions in connection with the implementation of the present regulation.

Section 6
Applicable Law

The present regulation shall supersede any provision in the applicable law which is inconsistent with it.

Section 7
Entry into Force

The present regulation shall enter into force on 28 April 2000.

Bernard Kouchner
Special Representative of the Secretary-General