The Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Gender Equality, Missing Persons and Petitions of the Assembly of Kosovo, in cooperation with UNICEF and the Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection – KOMF, held a public hearing on the Draft Law on social protection.
The meeting was chaired by MP, Lirije Kajtazi, chair of the Committee on Human Rights, which led the discussion for identifying those opinions of the main stakeholders that can improve the draft law. The main gaps and remarks addressed from representatives of the Ombudsman Institution, KOMF, UNICEF, European Union and Save the Children were:
- Budgetary costing for effective implementation of child protection at central and local level;
- Integration of the system to be more responsive and coordinative for adequate child protection;
- Institutional ownership for the implementation of the law;
- Institutional, social and family responsibility for the protection of children.
The Law on Child Protection has been drafted by the government and is now submitted to the Assembly of Kosovo. KOMF has taken an active role during all the stages of drafting the law and drew attention to the importance of providing the necessary budgetary costs generated by the future implementation of the law and the importance of creating a specific grant for social services. KOMF will continue to press the legislative bodies to ensure that the Law on Child Protection will guarantee the protection of all children of Kosovo.