Economy, September to start with the application of the toll charge in the Kosovo highway and the new 2019 budget
Like politics, economy is also expected to go on “holiday”, leaving August with just routine payments. Meanwhile, September is expected to see new developments in this sector, including the application of the new toll charge for the highway linking Kosovo to Albania. This was the conclusion that was reached a few weeks ago by representatives of the Albanian government during their debates and talks with stakeholders. Let us recall that such process was preceded by a strong protest held by residents in the area of Kukes. Many of them were arrested by authorities in the region, while several of them were jailed. “The toll charge will start to be applied on 17 September”, the minister of Infrastructure, Damian Gjiknuri has declared during a meeting with business representatives. This way, the government has decided that the new toll charges for the highway linking Albania to Kosovo will start to be applied starting mid September. According to the government, these charges do not discriminate any categories. On the other hand, the application of the government for EU farming funds has also been postponed for September. These are funds for which Albanian farmers will apply in order to benefit from the IPARD program. The value of these funds is 90 million euros. Meanwhile, this process has been postponed because the EU wants to conduct an administrative assessment in relation to the management of the fund in question.
Vetting process continues with the evaluation of judges
The vetting process which is expected to evaluate judges and prosecutors all over the country, will continue even during the holiday season. This process seems to have intensified even more in the recent days, as several judges and prosecutors have been removed from the justice system. This week, the Independent Qualification Commission is expected to hold six hearings. The first one is expected to be held with Medi Bici, Supreme Court justice, the last judge of this court which will undergo this screening process. Vetting will then continue with Gentjan Medja, judge in the First Instance Administrative Court; Besnik Muçi, Prosecutor of Serious Crimes, Dritan Hallunaj and Artur Malaj, judge at the Administrative Appeal Court.
September comes with a new budget, the government to allocate new funds for the end of the year
The remainder of this year, starting from September will see a new calculation of budget funds, thanks to a new normative act that the government has recently approved and which is expected to be voted by parliament in September. The budget revision happens as a result of the level of the realization of investments and the amount of funds which have been used. In this normative act, the government approved bonuses for pensioners, amounting to 3 billion lek. Besides the fund for pensioners, the budget will also see a redistribution of public investments, where the government withdraws 20 million USD.