"Staff at Kosovo embassies on welfare"

PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo's Priština-based authorities opened embassies in a number of European countries, but are reportedly unable to provide appropriate salaries for the staff.

European states are obligated to ensure payment of social welfare to a certain number of employees at the embassies opened by the Kosovo Albanian authorities, since their salaries are lower than the allowed minimum.

This is according to the Priština-based Albanian language daily Zeri.

These employees are classified as social cases, due to the low salaries they receive from the budget of the Kosovo government.

This prompted Germany and Switzerland "to react", according to the report.

The newspaper said that governments of those countries also "expressed discontent", since "by hiring staff for their needs, the embassies of Kosovo influence the increase of the number of social cases" in the host countries.