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Albania and Kosovo conclude negotiations for the recognition of social security

  • 11/22/2021 5:15 PM
Albania and Kosovo conclude negotiations for the recognition of social security

Albania is concluding the process of drafting and approving the agreement in the field of social security with Kosovo.

Last week, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy Besart Kadia and General Director of the Social Insurance Institute Astrit Hado held the second round of talks on a draft bilateral agreement in Pristina.

For the Kosovo side, the negotiations were led by the head of the Division for Labor Relations, Social Dialogue, Safety and Health at Work, Leonora Ahmeti, in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Finance, Labor and Transfers, Ilir Kapiti.

At the end of the meetings it was agreed to deepen cooperation, as well as to finalize the full agreement on the coordination of social security schemes, in accordance with European legislation.

The object of this agreement are the benefits from the Albanian compulsory social insurance scheme which include cash benefits for maternity leave for employed persons, self-employed persons as well as for employers, cash benefits for accidents at work and occupational diseases for employed persons, as well as old-age, disability and family pension benefits for employed and self-employed persons, as well as for employers.

Albania currently has agreements in the field of social security with: Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, North Macedonia, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Austria, Turkey and Belgium.

So far, 3,100 Albanian citizens living and working within the country have benefited from bilateral agreements.

These bilateral agreements provide social protection for Albanian citizens living in these countries.

/Klara Ruci/