24.11.2021

The 45th Meeting of the Government

Prishtina, 24 November 2021

The Government of the Republic of Kosovo has held its 45th meeting, in which it has approved 23 draft laws and other decisions.

The decision to supplement and amend the Legislative Program of 2021 was the first document that received the approval of the Government at today’s meeting. By amending and supplementing the Legislative Program for 2021, the Draft Law on Investment Promotion and Protection will be added, which will be approved by the Government by the end of this year. While, the Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Strategic Investments in the Republic of Kosovo and the Draft Law on Supplementing and Amending the Law on Copyright and Related Rights, have been withdrawn from the program.

Upon the proposal of the Ministry of Defense, the Draft Law on Ratification of the Exchange of Diplomatic Notes in relation to the assistance provided in the form of grants under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and acts for control of arms sales between the Republic of Kosovo and the United States of America, was approved.

In this meeting, three draft laws proposed by the Ministry of Industry, Entrepreneurship and Trade, were approved by the Government:
– Draft law on trademarks which regulates the right of industrial property;
– Draft law on protection of trade secrets which also regulates another part of the industrial property sphere; and
– Draft Law on Tourism which defines the principles, standards and basic rules for the development and promotion of sustainable tourism in the Republic of Kosovo.
Also, 19 draft laws proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, have been approved. The purpose of these Draft Laws is to harmonize the provisions of these laws with the Law on Minor Offenses and to fully implement minor offense sanctions in agricultural institutions. To this end, the amending and supplementing of the following draft laws has been approved:
1. Draft law on amending and supplementing the law on plant protection;
2. Draft law on amending and supplementing the law on production, collection, processing and trading of tobacco;
3. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Organic Farming;
4. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Seed Law of Kosovo;
5. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Fishery and Aquaculture;
6. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Agricultural Census;
7. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Wines;
8. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Apiculture;
9. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Hunting;
10. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Planting Material;
11. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Farmer’s Cooperatives;
12. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Flour Fortification;
13. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Animal Welfare;
14. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Artificial Fertilizers;
15. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Land Regulation;
16. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Irrigation of Agricultural Lands;
17. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Veterinary Law;
18. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Agricultural Inspection;
19. Draft Law on Amending and Supplementing the Law on Plant Protection Products.
The Government Cabinet in today’s meeting has approved the Concept document on consumer protection. The concept document addresses three options: 1) The no change option; 2) Option to improve implementation and execution and 3) Option to supplement and amend the Law on Consumer Protection. The third option is recommended by the Drafting Group of this Concept document which recommends the drafting of the new law which aims to improve the omissions and problems of non-implementation of the old law.

The government cabinet approved the decision to approve the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development for the allocation of funds in the amount of 1,688,607.48 euros (one million six hundred eighty-eight thousand six hundred seven euros and forty-eight cents) to compensate the natural damages in agriculture in the municipalities: Kaçanik, Klina, Junik, Prishtina, Leposavic, Peja, Zvecan, Ranillug, Viti, Shtime, Kllokot, Prizren, Ferizaj, Rahovec, Obiliq, Vushtrri, Lipjan, Suhareka, Mamush , Gjilan, Podujeva, Mitrovica, Fushë Kosovë, Kamenica, Gjakova, Skenderaj, Drenas, Gracanica and Zubin Potok. This is the Government’s second decision on damages by natural disasters. So far the Government has allocated 3 million euros for damage to agriculture caused by natural disasters.

In today’s meeting, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo has approved three decisions by which it has approved the initiatives of the Ministry of Finance, Labour and Transfers for concluding international agreements:
1. Initiative for negotiating the Agreement on Kosovo’s participation in the “Fiscalis” Program for the period 2021-2027, between the Republic of Kosovo and the European Union. This Program regulates the cooperation between the tax administrations of the member, candidate and aspiring countries for membership in the European Union.
2. Initiative for concluding the Agreement on Kosovo’s participation in the Customs Program for the period 2021-2027 between the Republic of Kosovo and the European Union. This Program regulates the cooperation of the customs services of the member, candidate and aspiring countries for membership in the European Union.
3. Initiative for negotiating Amendment No. C41836/1634/64356a1 grant agreement extension C41836/1634/64356 on the original Guarantee Agreement C34858rev2/1634/8123 for Kosovo: Regional Roads Project – Project Implementation Unit Support – extension with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The amendment will provide a grant of 150 thousand euros to cover the cost of operation of the project implementation unit.
In today’s meeting, the Government has repealed the decision to extend the mandate of the Chief Inspector of the Market Inspectorate, Mr Lulzim Syla. Mr Lulzim Syla was appointed to the position of Chief Inspector of Market Inspection on 25.06.2014 for a three-year mandate. Almost a year after the end of the mandate, on 23.03.2018, he was appointed to this position for a second mandate for three years. Just before the end of the second mandate, Mr Lulzim Syla’s mandate was extended for four years on 26.02.2021. This decision was taken after the entry into force of the Law on Public Officials, which repealed the Law on Civil Service, according to which Mr Lulzim Syla was appointed to this position.

Further, the Government Cabinet was informed about the implementation of the National Programme for Implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the period July-September 2021. This is the first Report with data from each institution through the online platform for monitoring and reporting on European integration. The report includes four chapters and is divided into two parts: the part on the Programme as a whole, and the separate part for each block.

The findings of the Report show that within the third quarter of 2021, the Program has been implemented at a level of 43.75%, 28 of the 64 measures planned for this quarter have been fully implemented, while 56.27%, which means 36 measures have not yet been implemented. By the end of the third quarter, the Program as a whole has been implemented at a rate of 19.59%, 48 out of 245 planned measures have been implemented, while 80.41% (204 measures) are under implementation. Out of these 48 implemented measures, 20 measures were implemented before the foreseen deadlines.

The Government Cabinet was also informed about the report on the implementation of the Action Plan for the implementation of the second phase of the political priorities, agreed between the European Union and the Republic of Kosovo – European Reform Agenda (PV ERA II) during July-September 2021.

The findings of the report show that during the period July-September 2021, all priorities are being implemented. On the other hand, at the level of indicators, the implementation rate is 39.02% as 16 of the 41 indicators planned to be implemented during this period have been fully implemented, while 25 (60.98%) are under implementation.

The Government of the Republic of Kosovo has also approved the initiative for negotiating the international agreement proposed by the Ministry of Finance, Labour and Transfers. The agreement with Kfw from Germany will provide a loan in the amount of 25.5 million euros. This loan will be used by KOST to finance the energy sector.

At the end of the meeting, the decision to recommend to the President of Kosovo the granting of authorization to the Minister of Finance, Labour and Transfers to sign the agreement between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Albania on social insurances, which is expected to be signed at the next joint meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania, was approved.