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Kosovo: Dairy industry on the verge of bankruptcy

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By   2 days ago

The head of the Association of Dairy Products of Kosovo have presented the challenges that the dairy industry faces. According to the heads of this association, domestic milk and dairy products are not being given enough room to penetrate in shops and markets. The head of the Association of Dairy Products of Kosovo, Gani Durmishaj, […]

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Kosovo is given the green light to clear customs goods in Albania

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By   3 days ago

Kosovo businesses will be able to clear goods imported through Albania in Durres. Ministries of Finance of both countries agreed in Tirana to open a new joint customs point. “We have decided to open a new joint customs point in Durres for goods that are destined to Kosovo”, said the minister of Finance of Kosovo, […]

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New investments to increase business competition

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By   6 days ago

After the enacting of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, in cooperation with the institutions of Kosovo, the European Union is investing in order to make small and medium sized businesses more competitive. The EU and the Ministry of Trade have allocated around 5 million euros for several enterprises in Kosovo which have managed to produce […]

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Unemployment in Kosovo has dropped, says PM Mustafa

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By   1 month ago

Government of Kosovo has managed to create a favorable business climate. The agreement with the EU for access in EU funds, Kosovo’s ranking on the 60th position of the World Bank Report are some of the achievements that PM Isa Mustafa has mentioned in the meeting of the National Council for Economic Development. Mustafa also […]

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Around 70 domestic producers in the winter fair

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By   1 month ago

The EU Office and the Commune of Pristina have organized the winter fair in “Skanderbeg” square in the capital, with the participation of small and medium sized businesses, which have been newly established and who want to promote their products. Around 70 producers are participating in this fair and they have found support from the […]

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Kosovo’s agriculture aims regional and international markets

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By   1 month ago

The development of agriculture is often presented as one of the priorities of the government of Kosovo and as a result, it is seen as a sector that has an impact on economic development and tackling of unemployment. Government of Kosovo has significantly increased investments in agriculture, with the increase of the budget or the […]

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Commercial sector leads in Kosovo

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By   2 months ago

Kosovo’s Agency for Statistics (ASK) has published the Results of the Structure of Enterprises Survey for 2015. This publication aims at offering several economic indicators based on the structure of economic activity. According to the results of this survey, the largest number of businesses belongs to trade with 16 920 enterprises or 50,6%, processing industry […]

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Economic cooperation between Kosovo and Albania is making progress

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By   2 months ago

Kosovo and Albania continue to strengthen their economic cooperation. Part of this cooperation is also the “Buy Albanian” expo which is held in Pristina. Over 100 companies from Albania have shown their products in this expo. Albanian Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Trade, Milva Ekonomi, said that authorities in Tirana are collaborating with authorities […]

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

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By   6 days 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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German photograph unites Kosovar and Serb students

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By   2 months ago

In the framework of its cultural activities, the German embassy has supported and organized a two day photography seminar for Kosovar and Serb students. The seminar has been hosted by the prominent photographer from Berlin, Annette Hauschild from the Ostkreuz Agency of Photographs in Berlin. The German photographer says that photography is a very expressive […]

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Mother Teresa’s portrait in the Kosovo Museum

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By   2 months ago

The artist from Albania, Saimir Strati is working on a mosaic with the portrait of the great humanist, Mother Teresa, through which he aims to break yet another record at the Guiness book of records. The portrait is being worked in the Museum of Kosovo with wire clips in a surface of 10 square meters. According […]

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“Tot Family” comes in the National Theater of Kosovo

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By   2 months ago

The National Theater of Kosovo will welcome tonight a play which will be performed by the Albanian National Theater. The play is “Tot Family”. The play is directed by Andia Xhunga. The Tot family lives in anxiety about the destiny of their son who is a soldier in the war. On the day that they’re […]

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Balkan artists joined together for a concert in pristine

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By   3 months ago

The sixth concert in the framework of Kamerfest 2016 festival will take place tonight in Pristina. This concert will see the interpretation of Albanian, Greek and Macedonian artists. Balkan artists will perform in front of the public masterpieces from Mozart, Mahler and Beethoven. Performing in this concert will be Ilias Livierators from Greece in violin, […]

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Kosovo films to be shown in a film festival in Cologne

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By   3 months ago

Pristina, 18 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Two short films from Kosovo, “Friend” and “Column”, which tell true stories from the last war in Kosovo, will be shown in Cologne, Germany. They will be shown on 22 October in the framework of the short film festival “URACult”. This festival will also see […]

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Sixth edition of the International Festival of Literature starts today in Pristina

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By   4 months ago

Pristina, 16 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The International Literature Festival starts today the sixth edition in Pristina. According to the organizers, this edition continues its tradition, by bringing a list of authors and artists from Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and United States of America. The participants are Faruk Sehic (Bosnia and […]

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Exhibition to prevent Kosovo’s accession in the UNESCO

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By   5 months ago

Pristina, 7 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Serbia continues its lobbying activities to prevent Kosovo’s accession in the UNESCO. Historians and archeologists from Serbia, with the help of state institutions, have opened last night in Paris an exhibition called “Kosovo and Metohija-10 steps”. The exhibition, which will remain open for two weeks […]

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Kosovo is awaiting the new thermal power plant

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By   5 days 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

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By   3 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

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By   3 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

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By   4 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

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	Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Wesley Clark, U.S. Army, takes questions from reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon on the status of the NATO-led, international peacekeeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 9, 1999.  The first U.S. peacekeepers entered the war-ravaged country five years ago this month in an effort to stop the ethnic killings and prevent further deterioration of the region's infrastructure.  DoD photo by R. D. Ward.  (Released)

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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

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By   5 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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Energy “highway” between Kosovo and Albania completed

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By   7 months ago

Pristina, 28 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The so called energy “highway” or 400 kV interconnection line between Albania and Kosovo has been completed. During the ceremony of inauguration, Albania’s PM, Edi Rama said that Pristina and Tirana are laying the foundations for a joint power market. “It is an important event […]

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Energy efficiency saves money, increases employment and protects

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By   11 months ago

Pristina, 8 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Institute for Development Policies organized a conference today dubbed “Energy Efficiency for Development”. The conference marked the end of the Week of Energy Efficiency which has been held in the framework of the project for “Support of the public and private sector in the implementation […]

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There will be no pay cuts, says Kosovo’s Finance minister

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By   3 days ago

Kosovo’s Finance minister, Avdullah Hoti said in a press conference that the new bill on salaries will not affect people employed in the civil sector. “I would like to assure everyone that there will be no pay cuts. The new bill only aims at harmonizing salaries for officials who do the same job”, he said. […]

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1, 841 businesses shut down in Kosovo

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By   1 week ago

Kosovo’s Central Bank (BQK) has announced that the number of new businesses registered until September 2016 was 8,173 or 820 businesses more than the previous year, while the number of businesses that was shut down for the same period was 8,173 or 606 businesses more than the previous year. The latest data published in the […]

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18 thousand people were employed in 2016, Kosovo’s Finance Minister says

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By   4 weeks ago

Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, declared in his end of the year speech that 18 thousand new jobs were created during 2016. “All statistics indicate that there has been a more intense economic activity and a new basis has been established for next year”, Hoti declared. Hoti said that economic growth for this year will […]

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Parliament of Kosovo approved the 2017 budget

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By   1 month ago

With a majority of votes, parliament of Kosovo has approved the 2017 budget, which amounts to 2 billion euros. Following a long debate on Thursday’s session, 70 out of 78 MPs voted in favor of the approval of the budget. Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti said that the budget had the full approval by the […]

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Kosovo marked economic progress, PM Mustafa says

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By   1 month ago

Today, parliament in Kosovo discussed the 2017 budget. During the presentation of this budget, Kosovo’s PM praised the governing coalition for the achievements in the domain of economy. “Economic growth of 4,1% is the highest ones in the region and some EU countries. Statistics indicate a drop in unemployment”, the PM says. Mustafa said that […]

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Kosovo has benefited 400 million USD from the World Bank

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By   2 months ago

As of 2009, Kosovo has benefited from the support of the World Bank given in the form of grants and loans in the domain of healthcare, education, energy, environment, agriculture and other sectors. This was said by Kosovo’s minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, in a meeting with representatives of the World Bank. “So far, Kosovo […]

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Informal economy damages Kosovo’s budget

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By   2 months ago

Government officials and international financial institutions admit that informal economy in Kosovo is around 30%. The head of the Kosovo Tax Administration, Sakip Imeri says that informal economy is damaging the state budget. “The level of informality in the economy of Kosovo is around 29 to 35%. Almost 1/3 of the economy of Kosovo is […]

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Budget triggers debates within governing coalition parties in Kosovo

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By   3 months ago

Kosovo’s 2017 budget with a value of over 2 billion euros, is turning into an object of debates between governing coalition parties, namely between Democratic Party of Kosovo and Kosovo’s Democratic League. Deputy ministers of finance, which belong to the two parties of the government coalition, have different opinions about the projections, division and the […]

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Next meeting between Kosovo and Serbia to be held on 24 January

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By   2 days ago

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy and Security, Federica Mogherini has invited authorities in Pristina and Belgrade to hold a meeting on 24 January in Brussels in the framework of the dialogue for the normalization of relations. “The recent developments stress the need for extra commitment of both sides through dialogue”, says the […]

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EU: Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, there is no other alternative

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By   3 days ago

Dialogue for good neighboring relations is the only alternative for Pristina and Belgrade in the path toward European integration. This is the appeal sent by senior officials in Brussels addressed to Kosovo’s and Serbia’s leadership following the recent tensions in the north of Kosovo. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy and Security, […]

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Kosovo’s PM: We are determined to preserve the stability and progress achieved in Kosovo

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By   4 days ago

In today’s government meeting, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has expressed the determination of his government to apply the laws and Constitution of the country. Mustafa assured the citizens of the country that institutions are ready to preserve the stability that has been reached. “Recently, we’ve all been witnesses of the intensification of Serbia’s […]

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NATO: KFOR Is ready to help Kosovo

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By   5 days ago

NATO has called on Pristina and Belgrade “to be engaged in dialogue”. NATO’s spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu declared that “KFOR is ready to help, if a third player is required after EULEX and Kosovo’s Police”. The declarations issued by the NATO’s spokeswoman followed tension caused after the decision of the government of Kosovo to halt  a […]

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Wall in Mitrovica will be demolished before 17 February

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By   5 days ago

Political representatives in Pristina continue to pledge that the wall built in the northern part of Mitrovica by Serb local government authorities, with the support of Belgrade, will be demolished. The speaker of the parliament of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli said that this wall is artificial and that it will be demolished, linking the day of […]

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“War games” between Kosovo and Serbia

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By   6 days ago

A train with the colors of the flag of Serbia has departed on Saturday from Belgrade toward Northern Mitrovica in the north of Kosovo. The train that had the writing “Kosovo is Serbia” on it, was carrying inside of it officials of the Serb government too, while the new railway line didn’t have the approval […]

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Serbia urges France to extradite Haradinaj

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By   1 week ago

Serbia is not giving up from its request for extradition of Ramus Haradinaj, war time leader of Kosovo Albanian rebels, justice minister Nela Kuburovic (photo) said after cabinet session today. The government demands from France to decide and extradite Haradinaj to Serbia as soon as possible, Kuburovic said at the press conference. Serbia indicted Haradinaj […]

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Serbia doesn’t give up on Haradinaj’s extradition

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By   1 week ago

Today, government of Serbia has held an extraordinary meeting and the only point of the agenda was yesterday’s release from prison of the former PM of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj. In a press conference, Serb minister of Justice, Nela Kuburovic and the head of the Office for Kosovo in the Serb Government, Marko Djuric, said that […]

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Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture arrested for abuse with duty

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By   2 days ago

Police of Kosovo have arrested four people, three of whom are reported to be officials of the Ministry of Agriculture. The three officials are accused of “abusing with duty”. Police of Kosovo say that they have also arrested the owner of “Calabrija” company in Gjilan, on suspicion of “fraud with subsidies”. Law enforcement authorities  say […]

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Obama sends the Extradition Treaty between USA and Kosovo to the Senate

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By   4 days ago

President of the USA, Barack Obama has sent to the US Senate the Extradition treaty between the USA and Kosovo, signed in Pristina in March 2016, a press release of the White House says. The request sent to the Senate says that the Treaty will replace “The Treaty between the United States of America and […]

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Kosovo needs its army

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By   4 days ago

Political representatives in Kosovo and experts of security affairs, say that the recent developments in the north of the country and the region show that Kosovo needs its army. The head of the Parliamentary Committee for Internal Affairs, Security and Monitoring of the Security Force, Daut Haradinaj says that the lack of the army of […]

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Air pollution increases to alarming levels in Kosovo

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By   5 days ago

Air pollution in Kosovo as a result of thermal power stations and fire chimneys continues to be a concern for the citizens of Kosovo. Citizens complain of air pollution, while they demand authorities to take urgent measures in order to improve the situation. Kosovo’s Hydro Meteorological Institute has announced the results of the automatic monitoring […]

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Consumers in Kosovo are unprotected

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By   1 week ago

Government of Kosovo has approved a number of laws that aim at protecting the health of consumers, but these laws are not yielding the necessary results. Consumers in Kosovo are facing dangers from meat products, dairy products and beverages, some of which do not meet the criteria for consumption. The head of the Agency of […]

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Explosion in the north of Mitrovica

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By   2 weeks ago

Police in the north of Mitrovica, inhabited by the Serb community, said that an explosion has taken place on Tuesday evening in a hotel of the area, a part of which has been rented by the government of Kosovo. Police said that the device that was thrown by unidentified persons caused material damages. Besim Hoti […]

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Serbia continues to manage the railway system in the north of Kosovo

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By   2 weeks ago

The railway system in the north of Kosovo is not being managed by institutions of this country. The railway was not handed over to the institutions of Kosovo even after the declaration of independence. This system in the north of Kosovo is managed by Serbia and Serb parallel structures. In the framework of the talks […]

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Displaced Serbs attacked in Kosovo on Orthodox Christmas Eve

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By   2 weeks ago

Serbs driven out of their homes in the town of Djakovica in Kosovo, who came back for the Serbian Orthodox Christmas Eve, have once again come under attack. Similar incidents have happened in previous years. Nobody was injured on Friday, Tanjug is reporting. The displaced Serbs’ bus was today attacked with stones and had a […]

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

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By   3 days 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

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By   6 days 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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Kosovo climber conquers the Himalayas

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By   2 weeks ago

Kosovo climber, Uta Ibrahimi is the first female climber who has conquered the peaks of the Himalayas. She has completed the four week winter expedition in the Himalayas. The climbing has started in the village of Jagat, 1200 meters above sea level and continued for 7 days, until reaching a height of 4200 meters above […]

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Sport, Kosovo’s best ambassador

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By   3 weeks ago

Besides failures and disappointments in politics, in 2016, Kosovo also marked successes. The best moments were in sport. Kosovo’s admission in the UEFA and FIFA and its participation in the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, in the Rio 2016 and the Olympic gold medal won by judo fighter, Majlinda Kelmendi, were some of the best […]

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Kosovo stagnates in the FIFA ranking

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By   2 months ago

Kosovo has lost one position in the general FIFA ranking after losing 3-0 against Turkey, ranking 165th with 135 points. In the matches that it has played as part of the Russia 2016 qualifiers, Kosovo has so far registered one draw and the rest of the matches, the new team, which has recently admitted as […]

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FIFA fines Kosovo

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By   3 months ago

International Football Association (FIFA) has fined Kosovo’s Football Association and Croatia’s Football Association with a total of 80 thousand Swiss Francs for the changes of their respective fans against Serbs in their World Cup qualifying match. Fans from both sides have been heard chanting “death to Serbs” in Albanian and Croatian during the match which […]

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Kosovo Football Association to face disciplinary measures from FIFA

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By   3 months ago

Pristina, 19 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo Football Association may face disciplinary measures by FIFA. Along with Kosovo, the Croatian Football Association may also face measures, because groups of fans from both countries have called out chants against Serbs before the match in Shkoder on 6 October. Agim Ademi, vice chairman […]

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Kosovo defeated by Ukraine

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By   3 months ago

Pristina, 10 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo’s national football team has been defeated on Sunday by Ukraine 3:0 in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup which will be hosted in Russia. The match was played in a neutral stadium in Poland, given that Ukraine, which was the host, has […]

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