At its 77th meeting Kosovo's government has decided to allocate 10 million euro for the purchase of four Kosovo embassies in Washington, London, Brussels and Paris, the government's website said on August 10 2009.
The decision was taken following a request of Kosovo foreign ministry. These will be the first Kosovo-owned diplomatic buildings abroad; Kosovo officials currently work in rented buildings.
Since the middle of October Kosovo has opened 10 embassies in the world. These include embassies in Washington, London, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Bern, Ankara and Tirana.
Previously, plans were afoot for 25 million euro to be allocated towards the purchase of the new buildings but this sum had to be reduced in order to meet Kosovo's other expenditures.
On August 10, the government approved the six month budget report for 2009. According to deputy economy and finance minister, Bedri Hamza, during this period there was an increase in income compared to the previous year’s report, a statement on the government's website said.
Income during the first six months of 2009 was 420 million euro, which represents 44 per cent of total planned income. According to the income structure, 271 million euro derives from customs, 97 million euro from the Kosovo tax administration and 20 million euro from domestic municipal income.