Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Kujtim Gashi, met today a group of young volunteers from the organization "Let's Do It Kosova".

The meeting discussed the conditions of voluntary work of young people in Kosovo.

Minister Gashi welcomed the representatives of the organization "Let's Do It Kosovo".

He informed the participants that the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for 2018 has a budget increase for the youth sector and that the Ministry's priority for this year will be youth. The minister also briefed them about a program that is expected to be established within the Ministry of Youth, which will be called the Youth Fund, as well as planning to build a Non-Formal Education Center for Young People, which will be the largest youth center in the region.

The Minister also stressed that since the Administrative Instruction for Volunteerism has large voids and gaps, it is being worked on amending this Administrative Instruction and also on drafting a Law on Volunteerism which will also include the issue of youth, where a particular emphasis will have the recognition of volunteer work as a work experience, and volunteers will be provided with the volunteer card.

He said that jointly with other organizations, with extraordinary cooperation we will push the processes forward and that MCYS will be a major supporter of youth volunteer work.

The volunteer youth informed the minister that the key problem they face is the high cost of carrying out the activities as a result of which many of their ideas and projects remain unaccomplished.

On the other hand, the representative of this organization, Luan Hasanaj, thanked Minister Gashi for the reception. He also thanked the Minister for willingness to cooperate, saying that much work will be done to increase this cooperation in order to realize their volunteer activities.

He also praised the initiative for the construction of a Youth Center of regional size, as a strong need of young people who are currently lacking spaces to carry out youth activities.