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Saturday, December 28, 2013
Albania: Budget passes in Parliament
With 82 votes in favor and 27 against, the majority passed the budget of
the next year by giving an end to the discussions with the opposition,
which considers this budget the budget of crisis.
PM Rama blamed the opposition for the situation of the public debt,
and accused it of bad governing in these eight years, and for abusing
with the legalization process and funds for the homeless.
painful to see Albania today without an alternative in opposition. You
are talking as if we are around the end of our mandate, forgetting that
100 days ago it was you in power. You are talking as this debt was not
made by you. We are not increasing the debt, but we are simply
formalizing the one taken by you. We don't want to pass to businesses
the burden of a crisis that yo have created with your short-term policies. In eight years you created a giant mess", Rama declared.
the session that lasted seven hours, the majority rejected the amends
proposed by the DP, which were based on the electoral program of the SP.
The first amend that was rejected was that of the former Minister of
Finances, who demanded an increased tax for the large business.
proposition is based on our deep conviction that low taxes are an
instrument that encourages the development of the Albanian economy, and
also comes in full accordance with the electoral commitments and the
electoral program of the Socialist majority, which has publicly declared
that there will be no increased taxes for busines in the first year",
"There are 166.000 self-employed people who support 500.000 Albanian citizens. We have removed the small business
tax and have reduced the tax on profit, and that's why our package
supports the small business. You mentioned a 70 million USD here. Only
in 2014, the government will return 350 million USD to the business
companies", Ahmetaj declared.
The second most important amend of
the package with 39, was that proposed by Prime Minister Berisha for
cancelling the 10 ALL tax on gas for circulation.
amend of the list with 39 in total, was the one proposed by former PM
Sali Berisha, to cancel the 10 ALL tax on a liter of gas.
tax will push Albania to recession. You will collect 80 million USD, but
you will ruin 800 million USD. You are gamblers. You do you protect
your gambling houses? Why don't you raise taxes on gambling, on the sin,
but you raise it on gas", Berisha declared.
"Fuels prices are
becoming relatively acceptable for the region. It is a necessary measure
to reduce the traffic. The Albanian drivers will not have the same gas
that used to destroy their vehicles, and in a long-term view, the public
only profits and there will be no direct influence", declared the
Minister of Energy and Industry, Damian Gjiknuri.
The new tax
system raises the annual burden for businesses and citizens with 20
million USD. The government says that they are making an equal
distribution of the tax burden, but the opposition insists that this
package will plunge the country into recession.