Serhat TUNAR -TDO- (13.02.2020) - Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti has announced that salaries for cabinet ministers and him will be halved.
Kosovo, one of the poorest countries in Europe, received a 2-fold increase in the salaries of prime ministers and ministers two years ago.
"I propose to the government to return the salaries of the prime ministers and ministers to the old figures, "Prime Minister Kurti said in a statement on the matter before the Cabinet meeting. Prime Minister Kurti announced last year that he would end income injustice if his left-wing party, Vetevendosje, won first place, saying he would cut the salaries of many politicians.
Ramush Haradinaj, who served as prime minister before Kurti and resigned in July, increased his salary from 500 euros in the year he took office to two thousand 950 euros, which caused controversy in the country where unemployment is high.
In Kosovo, which has a population of about 2 million people, one third of the population is unemployed. Although the country's economy has grown by 4 percent this year, this does not seem to be enough to combat unemployment and poverty.
Recent bribery and nepotism in the recruitment of state officials in Kosovo have sparked a public outcry. In 2018, average salaries in the private sector were 401 euros, while in the public sector, the figure is up to 573 euros, according to data from the Kosovo Statistical Institute.
Kosovo declared independence in 2008 and announced its separation from Serbia. Kosovo, which is recognized by about 100 countries, is not recognized by Serbia.