68th meeting of the Government of Kosovo
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj started today’s meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo by expressing condolences to the friends and collaborators of former journalist Ibrahim Rexhepi, who was also a political advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, Valdrin Lluka, and who passed away after a serious illness.
Continuing today’s meeting, the Government of Kosovo has approved the decision to amend and supplement the 2018 Legislative Programme of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo. The 2018 Legislative Programme of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo will include: the Draft Law on Ratification of the Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, the Ministry of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) for co-funding the Cetep Project, the Draft Law for Internal Trade and the Draft Law on Supplementing and Amending the Law on Identity Cards.
At today’s meeting, the Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Financing of Political Entities was approved. By supplementing and amending the Law it is foreseen to clarify some of the legal provisions, with particular emphasis on the control of financing political parties, audit of financial reports and their publication. Also, the Draft Law defines the punitive measures for entities that do not comply with the requirements of this law. The initiative to amend the Law on Financing Political Parties was made in order to increase transparency and the fight against corruption. The law has also taken into account the opinions of the Venice Commission that are incorporated into the law.
The draft law on biocide products has also been approved by the government cabinet. The draft law regulates the functioning of the internal market and harmonizes the rules for placing on the market and use of biocide products in order to ensure the health of humans, animals and the environment.
At today’s meeting, the Government of Kosovo has also approved the Regulation on the procedures for appointments in senior management positions in the civil service of the Republic of Kosovo. This Regulation determines the procedures for the transition from the existing system to the new system of appointments in senior management positions as defined by the Law on Civil Service and other by-laws.
The Government of the Republic of Kosovo has approved the request for allocation of funds to the Kosovo Police in order to compensate additional payments to police officers for overtime work during this year. The allocated amount is 2 million and 600 thousand euros and is done in order to maintain the performance, efficiency and effectiveness in achieving the constitutional and legal objectives of the Kosovo Police.
The Draft Law on Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) for co-funding the CETAP Project (Generation of employment through promotion of export) was also approved by the Government cabinet.
The Government cabinet also approved the Concept Document on the first wave of rationalization and reporting lines for agencies operating under the Kosovo Assembly. The Concept Document aims at drafting an action plan for rationalizing agencies, with the aim of reducing their overall number. The purpose of this change is to increase efficacy and efficiency and improve accountability and oversight of the Assembly towards the Government.
The Government of the Republic of Kosovo has approved the decision to allocate an additional budget of 650 thousand euros to the Office for Community Affairs.
The Government cabinet has approved the supplement-amendment of the decision for excise tax rate in Kosovo, according to which the excise rate for cigarettes produced in the Republic of Kosovo is calculated using the method by value and the calculation is done at the retail price at the rate of 30 percent of the retail value.
Three final decisions on the expropriation of immovable property for public interest were approved today at the Government’s meeting. The approved decisions expropriated the following: The properties of the former socially-owned enterprise ”Ereniku”, affected by the construction of the ”Special Economic Zone of the United States”; the immovable property of the former Radio Television of Prishtina in Zabel te Ulet of the municipality of Drenas for construction of the sports field ”Synthetic Stadium” and the ”Business facility – Ground floor”, former Pharmacy of the city of Prishtina for the needs of accommodation of state institutions of the Republic of Kosovo.
The Kosovo Government has also approved the decision to supplement and amend the decision on the authorization of FC Prishtina, L.L.C. to undertake all necessary actions to provide documentation for the use of the property.
Compensation to members of the board of directors of the New Kosovo Electricity Company J.S.C./NKEC and the oversight board of Trepca J.S.C. was determined with the decision approved today.
In principle, the Government cabinet approved the initiatives for signing the trilateral agreement between the European Union, Kosovo and Montenegro for cross-border cooperation IPA II, amounting to 2 million Euros in total for both countries; the initiative for signing the international agreement on avoidance of double taxation between the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium; and the initiative for negotiation of the ”Financing Agreement for the project of Strengthening the Financial Sector” between the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the International Development Association.
With the proposal of the Minister of Justice, the Decision for exemption of the supply and provision of the Kosovo Correctional Service with weapons from the procedures of the Law on Public Procurement was approved.
Minister of Public Administration, Mahir Yagcilar, informed about participation in the regional conference on the digitalization of the Western Balkans in Montenegro, organized by RESPA (Regional School for Public Administration), and attended by the Commissioner for Digitalization of the Commission European.