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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Economic "unification" of Albania and Kosovo 23/03/2014
The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, appealed for economic unification
between Kosovo and Albania from the town of Peja, in order to break any
barrier that still exists between the two countries.
“We don’t have a National
Chamber of Commerce to unify the Albanian businesses in Albania and
Kosovo, so that it can be a referring point for both governments, and so
that it can be the party that dialogues on behalf of all other
chambers. It would be a very useful instrument. UEFA and FIFA stop us
from making our national football team, but no one stops us for a
national team of business. It is only our fault If we don’t do it in
order to have success in Albania and Kosovo”, Rama declared.
Prime Minister declared that very soon both countries will make a mutual
evaluation for the customs procedure, turning limits into
possibilities, as he said.
“We took the commitment to remove
double taxation. We have also decided to eliminate VAT fir books,
newspapers and magazines. We will include in the meeting of the Council
of Ministers the discussion for removing VAT from steel tubes. By the
end of this month, Kosovo and Albania will make a joint evaluation of
Customs procedures and it will be public. Four or five days of delays
for goods that go from Durres to Prishtina, Peja or Gjakova means that
we are 50 years behind”, the Prime Minister declared.
Rama mentioned cooperation in energy, declaring that no time should be lost.
have plenty of chances and we will realize soon in order to have a
joint institution for buying energy. As for importing, we will import it
in time, cheaper and with fewer problems, because corruption will be
more difficult if we are both in”, Rama declared.