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The EU has pledged 15 million euros in aid to Kosovo ahead of local elections this weekend.

The money is part of the push by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to improve ties between Serbia and Kosovo.

Ashton oversaw a diplomatic deal between Belgrade and Pristina that was agreed in April.

“This money will go particularly to support the Serb communities in Kosovo with the focus to the north, with issues like infrastructure, public administration, environmental protection, education, employment,” said Maja Kocijanic, a spokeswoman for Ashton.

The money comes in addition to 65-70 million euros in EU funding earmarked for Kosovo this year.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has urged Kosovo’s minority Serb population to vote in the elections on Sunday, despite the fact many pledge their allegiance to Belgrade, rather than Pristina.

The EU has told Serbia and Kosovo that they must settle their differences if they are both to achieve closer ties with Brussels.