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The government imposes facilities for expatriates and sanctions for Russia and Iran

Compatriots this year will also be covered by the border police fee upon entering Kosovo. But this time, according to the Government's decision, the procedure has been simplified. While for years they paid themselves and then applied for a refund, this year they can apply online before departure and get the border policy for free. Other decisions were also taken at the Government meeting, and sanctions were imposed on Russia and Iran

The Government of Kosovo this year will also cover the border police fee for compatriots, for which on Thursday it approved the allocation of 3 million euros.

After the meeting of the Government, the Minister of Finance, Hekuran Murati, said that this year the procedures have been significantly simplified. 

"The idea is to do it this time through online access. In other words, before they get here, they will have the opportunity to withdraw the policy online for free, which is covered by the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, and thus avoid the long queues at the border", said Murati in a press conference after the Government meeting.

Last year, expats paid themselves at the border and then applied for a refund. 

Among other things, the Government also approved the strategy for Transitional Justice. Prime Minister Albin Kurti presented it as the most special decision of the cabinet meeting.

"This strategic document is another step forward in our efforts to address the wounds of the past and build a fairer future for all our citizens. Adopting this strategy is only the first step. Its implementation requires commitment, cooperation and support from all of us", Prime Minister Kurti said.

The Strategy for Transitional Justice refers to the years 2024-2034. This document is based on victim-centered approach, gender sensitivity and compliance with international norms and standards, among others. 

"The strategy aims to address the terrible crimes committed by the former Yugoslavia and Serbia during the war in Kosovo, as well as the needs of the groups of victims of those crimes. This is the first time that our country is approving such a document, it is stated in a Government announcement.

And the Minister of Justice, Albulena Haxhiu, in a media conference, did not give hope for the quick approval of another document - the Draft Civil Code. She has not given any date, although such a decision has been announced by Prime Minister Kurti for a long time. 

Haxhiu said that the passage of the Draft Civil Code in the Government depends on the will of the deputies for approval in the Assembly.

"We cannot proceed with the Assembly as long as we are not sure that the Civil Code passes. I think it is not good for Kosovo that such an important document fails in the Assembly, but we have not given up on that document, because we do not negotiate human rights", she said.

During the meeting, the Executive also approved sanctions against Russia that, according to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liza Gashi, are related to the death of the Russian oppositionist, Alexei Navalny.

Sanctions have also been imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran, namely some persons and entities involved in nuclear and ballistic activities and others who provide support to the Government of this country.

A total of 23 decisions were taken during the meeting, among which is the one on sanctions against Belarus.