Head of the EU Office in Pristina, Nataliya Apostolova, has harshly criticized the decision of the Kosovo Government to increase salaries for government officials, a decision that was supported by the Constitutional Court, which claimed that no violation was found in this decision.
The salaries of Government officials have increased for up to 100 percent. Apostolova said that the ad hoc reinstated decision on salaries goes against the EU commonly shared objectives of making Kosovo public administration more equitable, merit-based, coherent and accountable and therefore it “should be withdrawn pending the approval of the new law on salaries.”
“I regret this decision, as a new draft Law on Salaries is under preparation,” said Apostolova. “This law would regulate once and for all salaries paid from the budget of Kosovo with objective and fair criteria. This law is part of the ongoing reforms of the public administration that the EU supports.”
The Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in December 2017 took a decision to double salaries of his cabinet triggering reaction of opposition parties and civil society who criticised the decision. The Vetevendosje asked the Constitutional Court for an opinion whether the GOvernment's decision is in violation with the applicable laws. The Court has ruled last week that Haradinaj's decision is not unconstitutional paving the way for the Government that as of 1 July to recieve salaries with projected increase.