Government Building
Floor VI, No.605A
Street:Mother Theresa n.n.
10 000 Pristina,Kosovo
Tel:+381 38 200 14 448
[email protected]

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Quick Facts

- Official Languages in Kosovo are Albanian and Serbian.

- Language of any community that constitutes five (5) per cent of the total population in any municipality will have the status of an official language.

- Language of any community that constitutes three (3) or more per cent of the total population in any municipality or has been traditionally spoken in a municipality can be used as a language in official use.
- In Prizren municipality, Turkish language has a status of an official language, as the traditional language.

Duties and responsibilities of the Office

To execute its competencies, and under the leadership of the Language Commissioner, the Office will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

•    Monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Law by institutions under its jurisdiction;
•    Undertake all necessary measures within its authority to ensure compliance by institutions under its jurisdiction with the provisions of the Law;
•    Investigate any complaint submitted to the Office by any natural or legal person, into any failure by a public body or institution under its jurisdiction to comply with the Law;
•    Carry out investigations on its own initiative to ensure that an institution, under its jurisdiction is complying with the provisions of the Law;
•    Issue recommendations on remedies required and recommendations for redress on conclusion of an investigation;
•    Provide any institution to which the Office has sent a recommendation with specified, sufficient time, in order to provide any comments the institution may have on the findings and recommendations of the Office, including to indicate the measures that the institution intends to take and the deadline within which the institution will take such measures;
•    Issue written warnings if recommendations of the Office have not been implemented within a reasonable period;
•    Provide advice or other assistance to the public regarding their rights in accordance with the Law;
•    Provide advice or other assistance to public bodies regarding their obligations in accordance with the Law;
•    Review and make recommendations regarding any regulations or administrative instructions made under the Law and any other laws, regulations or administrative instructions that affects or may affect the status or use of the official languages, or languages of Communities whose mother tongue is not an official language;
•    Submit bi-annual reports and recommendations to the Board, and an annual Office reports to the Government and the Assembly of Kosovo;
•    Issue policy recommendations, if deemed necessary, to institutions under its jurisdiction aimed at assuring that there is sufficient knowledge of official languages and languages in official use on a municipal level to allow for the full implementation of the Law;
•    Issue, at any time, a special report to the Board, the Government and to the Assembly of Kosovo on any matter of high urgency or importance within the scope of its competencies and responsibilities.