Kosovo freedom of press limited

Edward.P.JosephPRISTINA, Kosovo — The freedom of press and media in Kosovo remains limited. This is the outcome of the yearly Freedom House evaluation. The independent organization Freedom House observes and "identifies the greatest threats to independent media in 196 countries and territories." In order to compare the state of media freedom, the organization developed a scale from 0-100: countries within 0-30 points are considered as providing a free press environment. Grades of 31-60 indicate a limited or partly free press, whereas a range of 61-100 shows countries without free media (so less points means more freedom). For Kosovo the results are alarming:

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Kosovo claims ownership of properties in former Yugoslavia republics

Artan.BehramiPRISTINA, Kosovo — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo aims at regaining Kosovo owned property throughout the republics of the former Yugoslavia. To achieve progress on this issue the Ministry has formed a joined commission with the Kosovo Privatization Agency (KPA). Reportedly 172 properties are in focus, which belonged to Kosovar "socially owned enterprises". The properties con-sist of factories, shops and land. Most of these are located in Serbia, which still doesn’t recognize the Republic of Kosovo. …

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Kosovo Economic Notes …

PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ The Kosovo budget has seemingly lost a donation from EU and IMF in a  in a range of 120-200 Mio Euro. The transfer was frozen after an 30%  increase of wages for employees of Kosovan public and governmental institutions, following an according pre-election promise of Kosovo PM Thaci. Both EU and IMF considered this as a break of formal agreements with the Republic of Kosovo ++ The Ministers of Finance of Kosovo and Macedonia (FYROM) Bedri Hamza and Zoran Stavreski signed an agreement to refuse double income taxation of their citizens and enterprises ++ 1,365 registered firms announced bankruptcy in 2010, whereas the Kosovo Business Registration Agency – ARBK – did not specify the number of (truly) active businesses closed: 2/3 of 150,000 registered firms are considered to be inactive or “phantom” enterprises ++ For more see BINews Monitor 06.04.2011, KON

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US – Balkans Business Summit ++ regional trade zone ++ Port of Durres + Minimum Wage + Kosovo Central Bank Investigation

DurresPRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ A two-day business summit on the Western Balkans begins today in Maryland, though Serbia will not attend in protest over Kosovo’s participation. The aim of the summit is to help strengthen cooperation between Western Balkan countries, further develop economic ties between the US and region, and help the Balkan countries on their path to European integration …  ++ Kosovo’s president Pacolli asked neighbouring Macedonia to ease travel restrictions for Kosovars and promote a free-trade zone in the Balkans ++ The authority of Port of Durrës has opened the office in Prishtina … ++ Unions request minimum wage of 250 € monthly for Kosovo ++ Kosovo Police is suspecting former CBK officials were planning to leave only … ProCredit and Reiffeisen bank, the local Economic Bank, including the insurance company ‘Siguria’ – while all other banks were planned to be shut down … >> On further stories take a look also at the last Media Monitor.

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Culture in Balkan Media ++ KFOR withdraws from Kosovo-Macedonia border ++

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PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ Some 30 journalists, editors, cultural organisations and experts gathered a ta regional conference in Pristina on Saturday to discuss ways to improve media coverage of culture in the Balkans … Countries in the Balkans face similar issues when it comes to media coverage of culture, including a lack of … read more … ++ KFOR completely withdrew from the border between Kosovo and Macedonia on Saturday, leaving the border in the hands of the Kosovo police  … read more …

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