Central European Midday Report: "Debate on U.S. Report in Kosovo Assembly and Ban on Bicolor Ribbon"

Central European Midday Report: "Debate on U.S. Report in Kosovo Assembly and Ban on Bicolor Ribbon"

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Debate on U.S. State Department Report Scheduled for Kosovo Assembly: In Kosovo, Besnik Tahiri, head of the AAK Parliamentary Group, announced that the Assembly will hold a debate on the U.S. Department of State's report during the plenary session on Thursday. At a media conference following the Assembly's presidency meeting, Tahiri noted that the U.S. report, for the first time, criticizes the government as an institution with significant corruption issues.

Additionally, Tahiri discussed the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities, stating that it is not a prerequisite for Kosovo's membership in the Council of Europe. He emphasized that state leaders have accepted the Association.

Tahiri also criticized the parliamentary majority for their failure to pass the Civil Code, noting AAK's opposition to the decision.

Ban on Bicolor Ribbon in Kosovo: The General Inspectorate of Police (IGP) head, Viorel Cernăuțeanu, announced that the bicolor ribbon, deemed a "symbol of aggression," is prohibited in Kosovo. The ban includes the sale, wearing, keeping, and production of the ribbon.

Cernăuțeanu's statements came in light of events scheduled for May 9. Individuals who violate the law regarding the bicolor ribbon face fines ranging from 4,500 to 9,000 lei, while individuals in responsible positions could face fines from 9,000 to 18,000 lei. Legal entities face the largest penalties, with fines ranging from 18,000 to 30,000 lei.

May 9 will see several public events held in Kosovo, and authorities are taking these measures to maintain public order and safety.

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