If it wants to join the European Union, Kosovo must also improve relations with neighbouring Serbia, which is a candidate for membership in the bloc. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in , but Belgrade, backed by Russia, China, and some EU members, refuses to recognise it. Before the vote, Kurti said he wants to resolve all pending issues with Serbia, but added that recognition of Kosovo's independence by Belgrade remains the main precondition. Serbia lost control of Kosovo, its former southern province, in after NATO bombing campaign forced it to end a bloody counter-insurgency against Kosovo Albanians. Kurti has already served as prime minister, for 50 days last year, until his coalition partner, the Democratic League of Kosovo LDK , sided with the opposition to topple him, mainly over the handling of the COVID epidemic. The finance minister in the new government will be Artane Rizvanolli, a professor of economics who studied in Britain.
The PM will be speaking as the Government took the first step out of lockdown, with schools reopening to all students. Schools have been allowed to reopen with testing in place for all students and staff, to try to find cases much more quickly than last year. Parents and family members will also be able to test on a regular basis to avoid community transmission of the virus. Secondary school students will also be required to wear face masks during the first few weeks of the return. Rules have also been relaxed on mixing outdoors slightly, with people now allowed to meet one other person from another household to sit and have a picnic in a public space. He may also face questions on NHS pay after criticism that frontline staff would be given a 1 per cent pay rise, as well as his response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview to Oprah Winfrey which aired in the US overnight.
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PM is expected to urge the public to take personal responsibility by sticking to the restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be talking to the nation this afternoon on the day that Covid lockdown started to be eased across England. The PM will be hosting what has been described as the first of a new-style briefing from Downing Street. Mr Johnson is expected to urge the public to take personal responsibility by sticking to the restrictions. As outdoor gatherings and sport resumes across England, Matt Hancock earlier said international travel had not been ruled out, though the priority was enabling people in the UK to see friends and family.