Prishtina, 1 October 2007 – According to the Kosovar daily “Koha Ditore”, the Kosovo Government has decided on new steps related to the construction of the Merdare-Morine highway, connecting Kosovo with the neighbouring Albania. The complete process of land expropriation will be financed by the Kosovar Government with 50 million EUR, whereas another 200 million EUR from the budget, according to the Mid-Term Expenditure Framework 2008-2010, will be used as potential investment for the highway.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) did not include the specific highway project in its project financing plan so far. Minister of Economy and Finances, Haki Shatri previously said that the Government will not spend any money on the highway. But, the Minister of Transport and Post Telecommunication (MTPT), Qemajl Ahmeti, confirmed the opposite by saying that the project can be implemented with the money from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget, since the average amount of investment is 100 million EUR per year. The highway is planned to be constructed within the next 5-6 years.
ECIKS / Koha Ditore