BIRN discovered that the Kosovo Special Prosecution is investigating government officials concerning the payment of 53 million euros to the company Bechtel Enka for the construction of the motorway connecting Kosovo with North Macedonia on Tuesday.
In the Dukagjini region - Peja, Decan and Gjakova - over 70 villages lack drinking water, and many suffer from inadequate sewage systems. Meanwhile, the Kosovo Government is preoccupied with the construction of a one billion euro motorway across Dukagjini soil.
Confirmation that a new motorway will begin construction between Istog and Prizren was announced on Thursday. Kosovo’s primary public investment in the last decade has been in asphalt, but not in the people that use it.
There are lousy drivers everywhere in the world, but what seems to separate Kosovo traffic from other places is an outright criminal disregard for road safety rules, turning a reasonably manageable driving gamble into a lethal exercise.
As construction gets underway along Route 6, a highway connecting Prishtina to Macedonian border which traverses through agricultural land, farmers and economy experts fail to see the benefits of yet another costly highway.