Government of Kosovo revokes the increase of salaries for senior officials

Government of Kosovo revokes the increase of salaries for senior officials

Pristina, March 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Albana Skenderaj

Prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has decided to withdraw the decision for the increase of salaries for senior state officials. The decision comes a few days after the government decided to increase all salaries by 25% and some others by 50%. Salaries for senior state officials benefited an increase of 25%.

This increase caused strong reactions in parliament. Some MPs said that this increase was drastic and compared to the salaries of other employees, it was very high. Debates escalated up to a level when several MPs declared that they renounced this increase. There was one of them who even renounced from his salary.

In front of this pressure, prime minister Thaci called on MPs to look into the possibility of revoking the increase of salaries for senior officials. A few hours later, Mr. Thaci announced the revocation of the decision for the increase of salaries of senior officials, thus changing the destination of these founds which amount to 5.5 million Euros.

The prime minister said that this money would go for children suffering from leukemia and cancer.

“I have the moral and stately right to revoke the decision that includes the Presidency, Parliament and Government. I have also decided to create the fund for the treatment of children suffering from illnesses, especially those who suffer from cancer and leukemia”, said the prime minister. /ibna/

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