Kosovo and Albania liberalize the labor market

Kosovo and Albania liberalize the labor market

Pristina, March 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo and Albania have signed today a cooperation agreement for the integration of the labor market and professional education.

Kosovo’s Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Arban Abrashi said that this integration is not rhetoric, but it has something concrete in order for the citizens of Kosovo and Albania to work without bureaucracy wherever they find work.

“An open market, which means that a citizen from Zvecan can work in Gjirokaster and vice versa. This is the first step toward the functional integration and I believe that it will be a model for other ministries”, Abrashi said.

Minister Abrashi added that cooperation will also expand in the domain of professional training, which will benefit citizens from Has and Kukes, who will use the professional centers of Prizren, Djakovica and Pec free of charge.

“A more unique agreement relates to the domain of professional training and this affects the border areas between Kosovo and Albania”, said he.

Meanwhile, minister of Social Welfare and Youth in Albania, Erion Veliaj, said that empty nationalist rhetoric must be put aside and concrete action must be seen. He said that people today want to get a job, hold on to their job and benefit a pension.

“I’m glad that today we started with this agreement for the liberalization of the labor market in order to have a labor market with around 5 million people, from Gjirokastra to Mitrovica”, said the minister.

The aim of this move is to encourage the citizens to stay in their own country and not migrate abroad in search of a better life. /ibna/