Kosovo has the lowest minimum wage in the Balkans and one of the lowest in all of Europe. Standing at 130 euros a month for workers under the age of 35, the minimum has not been increased since 2011. Meanwhile, inflation and steadily rising prices have reduced the purchasing power of the already paltry sum.
During electoral campaigns politicians have repeatedly promised to raise the minimum wage, but these promises have gone unfulfilled. With the current government seemingly committed to finally raising it — though unable to give a specific timeframe — K2.0 explores the history of Kosovo’s minuscule minimum wage. Why is it so low?
This video was produced with the financial support of the European Union as part of the project “Citizens Engage”, implemented by K2.0 in partnership with GAP Institute. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Kosovo 2.0 and GAP Institute and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.