Short History of HMIK

The Hydrometeorological Activity in Kosovo has started since 1923, from which date the first water level recordings in the Drini i Bardhë River in Vërmica and Radac, Morava e Binçës in Krominjan, Kriva Reka in Domaroc, Sitnica in Mitrovica and Lepenci in Hani i Elezit. In 1926, the meteorological station started operating in Prizren, in 1928 the meteorological station in Peja and in 1933 began meteorological measurements at the Pristina station, while Brezovica, Gjilan, Ferizaj and Podujevo stations started work after the Second World War, respectively in the years 1948-1949. After the Second World War, in 1947, the Federal Directorate of the Hydrometeorological Service of Yugoslavia was established, then the Federal Hydrometeorological Office and the Republican Directorates, and later the Hydrometeorological Regional Services. Meanwhile, regular hydrometeorological measurements began mainly from 1948.

In June 1988, the Hydrometeorological Unit of the Province of Kosovo was established, whose responsibilities were regulated by the Law on Hydrometeorological Activity. Its main functions were monitoring and hydrological, meteorological and air quality monitoring and surface and surface water quality monitoring as well as laboratory analyzes.

After the recent war, all the provincial entities became the Institute, and since 2001 the Hydrometeorological Institute of the Province of Kosovo has moved to the Hydrometeorological Institute of Kosovo, which has been operating within the Department of Environmental Protection. With the establishment of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, the Department of Environmental Protection moved to the Ministry, part of which was also the Hydrometeorological Institute of Kosovo, which operated under the laws in force.

In 2011, within the framework of the reorganization of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, based on the 2010-2014 Strategic Development Plan of MESP and with the decision of the Kosovo Government no. 09/26, Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Dardan Gashi has signed the Administrative Instruction No. 13 on the Organizational Structure and Responsibilities of the Kosovo Environmental Protection Agency. According to this Administrative Instruction, KHMI passes as a constituent part of the organizational structure of KEPA which is organized in the Institute, Director, Division, Sector and Unit. Now the Hydrometeorological Institute has the status of a governmental institution whose organizational structure is presented in the organization chart provided at and at

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