At the end of this week the Albanian government plans to implement the new road toll in the 'Rruga e Kombit', which will be reduced for residents of the city of Kukës and its surroundings and for those who will frequently travel that stretch of road.
However, the entire value of the toll - or five euros each way - which all other citizens of Albania and Kosovo will have to pay, continues to cause concern in the latter. The infrastructure minister, Pal Lekaj, in an interview for local newspapers in Kosovo stated that the two countries have not yet held an official meeting to discuss the issue, which was quickly discussed only in the Sofia Summit held a few weeks ago between the countries of the Western Balkans and EU summits:
"At the summit there was also the minister of infrastructure of Albania, Damian Gjiknuri, with whom we talked for only a few seconds, enough to highlight the disagreement on the quota established by the Albanian government for the toll of the Rruga and Kombit."- said Lekaj.
The high Kosovar official claims that the tariff established by the Albanian government is among the highest in Europe and does not coincide with the economic status of families and business activities of both Albania and Kosovo:
"We said it from the beginning, before taking any decision on the issue the two governments had to consult because we are not only neighboring countries, but also countries of the same ethnicity and therefore with the same feelings" - added Lekaj.
The new road toll thought by the Albanian government after consulting with the concessionary that manages the toll booths and with the citizens of the area, provides for a quota of 0,80 euro (100 leke) for the latter and for all those who will often use that section of the road. Decision that had become necessary after the protests of citizens of the area, who at the beginning of April had challenged - as they often use that stretch of road - violently the old 5 euro tariff. Everything should be officially implemented next week.
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