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

History

In April 2012 was established the Office of the Language Commissioner within the Office of the Prime Minister, based on Regulation No.07/2012.

Law on the Use of Languages obliges all public institutions and service providers to ensure access and equal status of both official languages, Albanian and Serbian language and the official language at the municipal level and languages in official use at the municipal level.

In 2007, the Government of Kosovo has established the Language Commission as an authority established in accordance with Article 32 of the Law on the Use of Languages in order to monitor the implementation of this law, preservation, promotion and protection of official languages and their equal status in Kosovo as well as to provide, protect the languages of communities whose mother tongue is not an official language.

Despite the power possessed according to Law on the Use of Languages, in practice a number of structural factors limited the capacity and effectiveness of the Language Commission. In order to advance the implementation of the law, the Government of Kosovo in 2011, established a working group on the Language Commission reform Decision. This project reform was led by Office of the Prime Minister/ Office of Community Affairs and as a result of this working group was issued Regulation 07/2012 for the Office of the Language Commissioner  Languages, based on which have been created two supported mechanisms  Language Policy Board and Language Policy Network.

On 4 April 2012 is signed the Government Regulation no. 07/2012 for the Office of the Language Commissioner

On May 29, 2012 is established Language Policy Board, which acts as a forum to policy languages. 

Language Policy Network provides institutions to appoint liaison officers or focal point by which the Office of the Commissioner of Languages could cooperate for better implementation of the language policy.

On December 19, 2012 is appointed  Language Commissioner