More than 50% of Kosovo people without a job

More than 50% of Kosovo people without a job

Pristina, February 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The chairman of the Unions of Kosovo, Haxhi Arifi declared today that more than half of the population of Kosovo is unemployed.

He demanded from the government of Kosovo to draft a social program in order to improve the living standards for the people.

“More than 50% of the population is unemployed and the majority of them are young people”, said he.

Meanwhile, he also talked about the failure in the process of privatization which has had an effect in increasing the number of jobless people.

“The biggest problem relates to privatization in Kosovo, a process which according to us, is the main cause of unemployment”, declared Arifi in the national round table called “The tax system and policies, informal economy and corruption in Kosovo”.

This meeting was supported by the government of Norway, while it’s part of the Balkan project of this government for the fight of negative phenomena that damage Kosovo and other Balkan countries.

Different experts from European countries have been engaged in this project to help with the studies.

One of the experts is the representative of the International Union Confederation, Martin Hutsebaut, who said that unemployment in Kosovo hinders the development of society in the country.

“With only 45% of the population at work, it’s not possible to have a functioning society”, said Hutsebaut.

In order to employ more people, Hutsebaut suggests more opportunities should be given to young people.

“What you need is to offer a perspective to young people. Do not destroy youth, because it’s the future of Kosovo”, said he.

Besides Kosovo, this project is also being implemented in FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. /ibna/