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Prime Minister Mustafa promises high economic growth

By   4 days ago

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa promised today high economic growth through government programs. “We have secured financial and fiscal stability with sustainable economic growth of 4% for 2015 and 2016, while in the years to come, growth will be larger”, PM Mustafa declared. The head of the government said that government policies boost private […]

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The idea for a joint Balkan market, a dream or reality?

By   4 days ago

The idea for the establishment of a joint regional market in Western Balkans, which was launched during the meeting of EU officials with the prime ministers of the region in Sarajevo during this week, sparked debates in Kosovo. The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa declared that a joint market of Western Balkan countries would […]

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Power shortages caused losses amounting to 290 million euros to businesses in Kosovo

By   1 week ago

The cost of power supply, unfair competition, lack of political stability are the biggest obstacles in doing business in Kosovo. These were the conclusions of the study prepared by the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce dubbed “How to strengthen private sector in Kosovo”, which aims at identifying barriers of doing business. Berat Rukiqi, strategic advisor at […]

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Diaspora is a strong potential for investments in Kosovo

By   2 weeks ago

Over half a billion euros a year is the total amount of money that Diaspora sends to Kosovo. Throughout the years, this money has been spent for day to day consumption and a very small part has been spent for investments. Experts say that this money should be used to invest in family businesses or […]

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Kosovo is still a small market in the domain of IT

By   2 weeks ago

The World Bank report “Harvesting digital benefits: Exploitation of internet priorities for development in Europe and Central Asia”, says that Kosovo is a small and undeveloped market in the domain of IT. “IT market in Kosovo is small and undeveloped due to the low level of digitalization and use of IT in the economy. This […]

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Kosovo has the lowest minimum wage in the region

By   3 weeks ago

Kosovo continues to remain the country with the lowest minimum wage in the Western Balkan region. Currently, minimum wage in Kosovo is 130 euros for people under the age of 35 and 170 for people over the age of 35. This amount has not changed since 2011. Meanwhile, based on the official statistics of EUROSTAT, […]

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Kosovo is looking to attract foreign investors

By   3 weeks ago

Government of Kosovo has expressed its commitment to create the necessary conditions for foreign investors, especially EU investors to come and invest in Kosovo. Kosovo’s PM, Isa Mustafa said today that his government has contacted many investors and that the country’s ranking in world indexes has improved. “In the World Forum of Investors, Kosovo ranked […]

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Political situation paralyzes Kosovo’s economy

By   4 weeks ago

The political and constitutional situation is hindering economic development in Kosovo. The lack of political dialogue and dysfunction of parliament has led to a drop in the number of foreign investors in the country. According to official data from the Bank of Kosovo, direct foreign investments have not seen a solid growth during PM Isa […]

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Canadian artists shows her works in Pristina

By   1 week ago

On Wednesday (15 March), the prominent Canadian artist, Jo Ann Lanneville opens her exhibition at the Gallery of the Ministry of Culture in Pristina. In her works, Lanneville uses simple forms of representing limits.  Some parts of her art represent caves or volcanoes, while some others link human behavior to the day to day space. […]

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Kosovo and Albania strengthen their cooperation in the domain of culture

By   2 weeks ago

Kosovo and Albania have boosted their efforts to strengthen their cooperation in the domain of culture and art. Minister of Culture, Kujtim Shala and his Albanian counterpart, Mirela Kumbaro-Furxhi have signed in Pristina a Protocol of Cooperation, which aims at realizing joint cultural activities. Albania’s Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro says that the creation of […]

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Kosovar film “Father” will be shown in Belgrade

By   3 weeks ago

Kosovar film “Father” directed by Visar Morina will be shown this month in Belgrade. Goethe Institute in Belgrade has selected the best films to be shown in the GRAD Cultural Center. This film talks about Nori, a child who sells cigarettes on the street along with his father, Gezim in the ‘90s in Kosovo, where […]

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Serbia cannot prevent Kosovo’s accession in the UNESCO

By   4 weeks ago

Kosovo will become a member of UNESCO and Serbia cannot prevent it. This was said during the forum “UNESCO and Serbia’s cultural heritage” which was held in Pristina. The meeting stressed that Kosovo is obliged to act in line with the provisions of Ahtisaari’s plan in relation to the Serb Orthodox Church and its heritage. […]

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Kosovo becomes a member if IFACCA

By   1 month ago

Kosovo has just become a member of another cultural mechanism. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport has received the confirmation for accession in the International Federation of Arts Culture and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), which is part of a global network of art councils and ministries of cultures, with member organizations in over 70 countries. Kosovo’s […]

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Kosovar-British film “Home” wins a BAFTA award

By   1 month ago

Kosovar-British film “Home” has won the BAFTA award for the best short film category. The film directed and produced by Daniel Mulloy, starring Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Arta Dobroshi and others, handles the topic of war refugees through the characters of a British family that leaves the country to travel toward a country in war. […]

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Kosovo film “Think Twice” travels to California

By   2 months ago

The animated film “Think Twice” by the Kosovar director, Naser Shillova has registered great success during its presentation in 47national and international festivals. This cinematographic project will be presented on 18 and 19 February in the CIFF festival in California, USA. Think Twice is an animated short film. It is a tale that talks about […]

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Kosovo’s comedy “A theater show with 4 actors…” will be shown in Bern

By   2 months ago

Kosovo’s successful comedy, “A show with four actors” will be shown in front of the public in Bern, Switzerland in the Sclachthaus theater on 20, 21 and 22 January. Part of the show’s cast are actors Adrian Morina, Ernest Malazogu, Shengyl Ismaili, Shpetim Selmani and musicians Art Lokaj and Drin Tashi. The show was realized […]

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Lack of power supply damages businesses in Kosovo

By   2 months ago

The lack of a constant supply with power in Kosovo is threatening the activity of businesses and the economic development of the country. This was said today by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami during a meeting with business associations and Power Regulatory Office. “We know that power supply is a criterion for […]

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Kosovo is looking for new alternative energy sources

By   2 months ago

Government of Kosovo along with the World Bank are working together in order to achieve several standards for the development of renewable energy, growth of efficiency in energy consumption and protection of environment. To meet these objectives, the World Bank has allocated 50 million euros to fund projects for efficient and renewable energy. Professor of […]

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Kosovo is awaiting the new thermal power plant

By   2 months ago

The postponement of the construction of the new thermal power plant “New Kosovo”, a project which has started over a decade ago, continues to keep “Kosovo A” thermal power plant in use, although this plant has been considered as the biggest environment polluter. Due to its age and inability to reduce pollution levels, the thermal […]

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“Trepca” metallurgic plant is seen as a hope for Kosovo’s economy

By   5 months ago

The law on “Trepca” metallurgic plant enters in force today. Kosovo authorities see this plant as a powerful economic resort which will have an impact on the development of the country. The bill in question enables a general restructuring of the plant, investments in exploiting technologies, research and extraction of minerals, the increase of the […]

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Kosovo takes over the chairmanship of the energy community for 2017

By   5 months ago

Pristina, 14 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In the 14th meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Energy Community taking place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo took over the chairmanship for 2017. Minister of Economic Development, Blerand Stavileci presented the priorities proposed by Kosovo for next year, priorities which will […]

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Kosovo is lacking a strategy for industrial development

By   6 months ago

Pristina, 3 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Leader of Self Determination, Visar Ymeri has criticized the government for the lack of strategic planning in the economic development of the country. In a press statement, Ymeri said that public company, “Trepça”, which has powerful industrial capacities, is being neglected. “Lack of courage by […]

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Former general Clark’s company is aiming Kosovo’s natural resources

By   6 months ago

Pristina, 27 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota “Envidity Energy Kosova”, a company chaired by retired general, Wesley Clark, who led the NATO air campaign on Serb facilities in 1999, has expressed its interest for the underground gasification of coal in Kosovo and production of synthetic gas and kerosene. The company’s request for […]

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Kosovo is facing a new energy crisis

By   7 months ago

Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo continues to face long power cuts. In spite of the high temperatures during the summer season, when power supply consumption drops significantly, power cuts several hours a day continue. Power supply distribution company (KEDS) says that the current lack of power supply must be […]

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IMF: Economy is marking progress, but political tension is expected

By   1 day ago

A few days after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the second and third revision of the Stand-By Arrangement SBA with Kosovo, offering access to an extra 100 million Euros, a report was issued by this institution. Besides praising Kosovo’s economic performance, IMF also mentions the disputes between partners of the governing coalition. “Political tension […]

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Kosovo’s government approves the 2016 financial report

By   2 days ago

The Kosovo government has approved the 2016 financial report today and sent it to parliament. The report outlines revenues and expenses for 2016. While presenting the annual financial report, minister of Finance Avdullah Hoti says that 96% of the planned revenues have been collected and that economic growth was 4%. “The report indicates an efficient […]

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Kosovo receives an extra 100 million euros from IMF

By   1 week ago

The International Monetary Fund has approved today the second and third revision of the Stand-By Agreement with Kosovo. This was announced through a press release issued by the IMF. The approval of this agreement enables Kosovo to have access in an extra 100 million euros fund issued by the International Monetary Fund. With the approval […]

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Kosovo: Businesses and individuals in debt

By   2 weeks ago

Commercial banks operating in Kosovo offer all sorts of loans to their customers. These loans include consumer loans, mortgages, education, business and other types of loans. Over 2,2 billion euros is the value of total loans. 1.4 billion euros is the value of individual loans, while 800 million euros is the value of household loans. […]

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Kosovo: Banking sector doubles its profits

By   2 weeks ago

In all domestic and international report, banking sector in Kosovo is considered to be liquid. Thanks to the high interest rates that they apply, commercial banks have seen significant profits during 2017. According to the Bank of Kosovo, in January alone, banks have made a profit of 9,2 million euros, as opposed to 5 million […]

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Kosovo becomes member of the World Customs Organization

By   3 weeks ago

As of today, Kosovo is officially member of the World Customs Organization (WCO), declared Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa during a press conference in Pristina along with the Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj. Mr. Mustafa said that accession in this organization is “almost the same as the accession of Kosovo in the World Bank and […]

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Economic situation in Kosovo is heading to stability

By   4 weeks ago

During the past two years, Kosovo’s economic situation has become stable and the state budget has increased by two billion euros. This was declared by the minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, who talked about the government’s achievements today, at a time when the opposition is demanding fresh parliamentary elections. According to him, during this period, […]

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Accession in “Egmont Group” prevents money laundering

By   2 months ago

Kosovo is the youngest member of Egmond Group of Financial Intelligence Units. Egmont Group is an international organization with 152 financial intelligence units specialized in the fight against money laundering and funding of terrorism. Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj says that this is another important achievement which affects the professional aspects of the engagement of […]

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Congressman Engel: Russia is arming Serbia, we must help Kosovo

By   19 hours ago

Elliot L. Engel, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress, has spoken about the policies of the USA on Kosovo during a meeting of this Committee. He has confirmed that the USA is currently against the creation of the army of Kosovo, asking for this stance to change. Engel stressed that being […]

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Kosovo, a credible factor of peace in the region

By   1 day ago

Kosovo’s delegation led by minister for Dialogue, Edita Tahiri has participated in the first meeting of the Special Group for normalization in the framework of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Republic of Kosovo and the European Union, which was held yesterday in Brussels. This meeting discussed the progress and the challenges of the Brussels’ […]

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Kosovo is aiming to decriminalize its political class

By   3 days ago

The heads of states in Kosovo continue their efforts for the decriminalization of the political class in the country. President of the country, Hashim Thaci says that political parties must be transparent. “People who have been placed under investigation must not be given public posts and they must not be allowed to be included in […]

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Will Serbs in Kosovo vote in presidential elections?

By   4 days ago

  Kosovo President Hashim Thaci says that Pristina has not yet reached a decision with regard to the elections for the president of Serbia. And although the Kosovo institutions have not yet taken a position on the holding of the Serbian presidential elections in Kosovo, the OSCE have confirmed their readiness to provide technical help […]

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It is impossible to form the Army of Kosovo through constitutional changes, says President Thaci

By   7 days ago

The creation of the Army of Kosovo through constitutional changes is impossible. This was declared today by president of the country, Hashim Thaci in a speech delivered today in front of UBT College students in Pristina. Thaci said that the Serb List, which represents the Serb community in the institutions of Kosovo is receiving orders […]

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Kosovo’s chances for UN membership

By   1 week ago

As part of its strategy for adherence in international organizations, one of the top priorities for the Republic of Kosovo is its accession in the UN. Experts of international law told IBNA that Kosovo’s chances for this adherence are not that great. Professor of European Law, Avni Mazrreku says that the Kosovo may hope to […]

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The issue of properties between Kosovo and Serbia must be solved with transparency, the European Commission says

By   1 week ago

The European Commission says that the issue of properties in Kosovo must be solved through a transparent process, with the involvement of all communities. The spokeswoman of the European Commission, Maja Kocijancic has said that property issues are sensitive issues and need to be solved in a transparent way with the participation of all communities […]

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IBNA Interview/Domestic and foreign affairs are paving the way to fresh elections

By   1 week ago

In an exclusive interview for IBNA, prominent expert of politics in Kosovo, Albinot Maloku talks about the recent political developments in Kosovo, cross ethnic tension in FYROM and the region Interviewed by Muamer Mellova IBNA: Can the political crisis in Kosovo lead to early parliamentary elections? Maloku: Republic of Kosovo has been going through political […]

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Kosovo marks the 18th anniversary of NATO’s bombing of Serbia

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Kosovo marks today the 18th anniversary of NATO’s air attacks against Slobocan Milosevic regime forces. The attacks were launched on 24 March 1999 a little after 8 pm, upon the order of the then Secretary General of NATO, Javier Solana. The start of the bombing on Serb forces marked the start of the end of […]

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Association of Serb Communes is soon expected to be established

By   2 days ago

The Association of Serb Communes in Kosovo may be established this year. This has been warned by representatives of the USA and Great Britain in Kosovo. US ambassador to Pristina, Greg Delawie says that this community will be important for the integration of healthcare and education in the Kosovo system and it will also be […]

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Recommendations of the European Commission for the implementation of SAA

By   2 days ago

Consumer protection, agricultural sector and forestry in the framework of the Stabilization and Association Agreement were the main topics discussed in the last meeting held in Brussels between representatives of Kosovo and European Commission. In all the domains that were discussed, the Commission and Kosovo have agreed on the importance of the implementation of the […]

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Kosovo has shortages of state reserves

By   3 days ago

It’s been years that Kosovo has started to collect state reserves, which are needed by the population in cases of war or natural disasters. However, Kosovo’s officials are not offering any exact figures about the budget of these reserves. Nonetheless, they claim that the budget is considered to be significant. On the other hand, according […]

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Challenges of ethnic dialogue in Kosovo

By   4 days ago

Institutions of Kosovo have continued their efforts to establish dialogue between Albanians and Serbs. President of the country, Hashim Thaci has held a public debate during the weekend with Serb media and representatives of civil society in Cagllavica, Pristina, where he has talked about the developments that Kosovo is going through. Thaci said that the […]

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Serbia will face accusations for crimes committed in Kosovo

By   1 week ago

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci declared today that during the last war in Kosovo, Serbia has carried out ethnic cleansing and genocide with the population. Speaking in a debate with representatives of civil society and media in Garacanica, Thaci said that the entire world knows who started the war in former Yugoslavia. “The entire world […]

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Parallel justice in the north of Kosovo

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The agreement between Pristina and Belgrade for the integration of the judicial system in the north of Kosovo is not yet yielding the expected outcomes. Its implementation was due to take place on 10 and then on 17 January of this year, but this has not happened. For the past 17 years, the justice system […]

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Government of Kosovo decides to register the properties belonging to former Yugoslavia

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Government of Kosovo has decided that all real estate that were registered in the name of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, namely, the former Socialist Republic of Serbia, properties which are in Kosovo, should be registered as properties belonging Kosovo. With this decision, the government ordered Kosovo’s Cadastral Agency to register these properties […]

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Kosovo’s national football team is hoping for a win against Iceland

By   3 days ago

On 24 March, Kosovo’s national football team is expected to face Iceland as part of Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Kosovo’s coach, Albert Bunjaku says that Kosovo is expecting to come out with a positive result from this match. “All coaches want a victory and I want a victory from my players in this match. […]

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Sigal Prishtina wins Kosovo’s Cup

By   1 month ago

“Sigal Prishtina” basketball club has won Kosovo’s Cup, after defeating Pec 77-66 in the final. The match between the two rivals saw an intensive start and the first quarter ended 18-18. In the second quarter, the club from Pec played a better game, ending this part 35-40 in their favor. In the third and fourth […]

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Kosovo wins two medals in Paris

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Kosovo has been presented in the best way possible in the international judo championship held in Paris. Judo fighter from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi won a golden medal after defeating Natsumi Tsunoda from Japan in the final. On her way to the final, Kelmendi had defeated the Canadian Ecaterina Guica in the quarter final and the […]

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IBNA Interview/Kosovo mountaineers ready for the mission of their life, to conquer Everest

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For three years, they have been training for the most important mission of their lives. They are four mountaineers from Kosovo who have only one desire for 2017, to conquer Everest, the highest peak in the world. The expedition is expected to lead to Nepal at the end of March, while return to Kosovo is […]

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Euro 2019: Difficult group for Kosovo

By   2 months ago

The draw for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2017-2019 has been made today in the UEFA headquarters. Kosovo is in group 5 with opponents such as Germany, Israel, Norway, Ireland and Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Albania is in group 2 with Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Estonia and Northern Ireland. These qualifiers will start on 20 March of this […]

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Young Kosovars are part of European football competitions

By   2 months ago

Now that Kosovo has been admitted as part of FIFA and UEFA, the doors for young football players from the country are open. FC Pritina U-15 participated in the tournament organized in Iselohn, Dordmund along with Arsenal, Wolfsburg, Dordmund and Dynamo Zagreb. The result was not very positive, as KF Pristina was eliminated in the […]

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Kosovo to face Albania in the World Cup football qualifiers for women

By   2 months ago

Kosovo’s national team will face Albania’s national team in women’s football in the preliminary round of the qualifiers for the World Cup 2019 which will be held in France. After the draw, Kosovo and Albania find themselves in the second group along with Greece and Malta. Thus, 4 mini tournaments will be held with the […]

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Serb football player dreams of playing for Kosovo’s national team

By   2 months ago

Serb football player, Demir Avdic from Novi Pazar, is the first player from Serbia who plays in the Kosovo Super League. His arrival in the “Trepca 89” football club has been considered as the most interesting transfer in Kosovo. “Since Kosovo proclaimed its independence, I am the first Serb to arrive here. People in Serbia […]

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