The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, chaired the ninth meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Water Council, in which was reviewed the launch for the increase of new water capacity and the assurance of existing accumulation and the establishment of a working group for the assessment of new water capacity and safety of existing accumulation.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Haradinaj said that sewage management projects are extremely important, stressing that besides the emergency work they do, such as drinking water supply, construction of plans for sewage purification, and many other aspects ,long-term planning needs to be done.
“Kosovo needs to make good planning of water reserves, collectors, to build a strategy , with which Kosovo will be able to take its obligations, and also would offer it to international partners, monetary financial institutions, “said Prime Minister Haradinaj, hoping that the partnership launched for the waters will not remain halfway.
Also, Prime Minister Haradinaj added that Kosovo is open to receive foreign direct investment with sewage management.
Meanwhile, Baton Begolli, Water Policy Advisor in the Inter-ministerial Water Council, assessed that Kosovo needs the support of donors because, as he added, our country does not have capacity for the development of new water resources.
At the meeting today , Ambassador of Switzerland to Kosovo , Jean-Hubert Lebet , said that all that the work which was done needs to be monitored in order to see where needs to be paid greater attention ,and to see the main challenges for the future, also expressing the willingness of the Swiss state to assist the Government of Kosovo, respectively the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, as far as the water sector is concerned.
German Ambassador Christian Heldt, speaking about updating the sewage treatment plant in Pristina, stressed that negotiations for two years cooperation have begun and for Germany , but also for Switzerland, it is worth knowing the state of works with that certain project, because in dealing with sewage the issues are related to one another.
In this meeting were also discussed the following issues: implementation of the Kosovo Water Law, review of the establishment of the River Basin District Authority in the central state administration body, review of the status amending of the RWC Bifurkacioni from the Municipal Public Enterprise in the Central Public Enterprise and the completion of the consolidation process with the municipalities of Hani i Elezit and Štrpce, review of the approval of the analysis and draft regulation on the structure of water payments, review of the draft decision on treatment of social cases in the water services sector.
Also present at this meeting were Minister of Economic Development, Valdrin Lluka, Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Fatmir Matoshi, Deputy Ministers and other institutional officials