In regard to the protest of owners of venues that host weddings and other celebrations, Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi said that the talks continue aimed at finding a common solution, however he added that ultimatums are not acceptable.
According to Bekteshi, hospitality sector has been included in almost all economic measures so far, and their key request refers to amending the recommendations issued by the Commission for Infectious Diseases, whose decisions are respected by the Government.
Bekteshi told TV Klan the main goal of all anti-crisis measures is to save jobs, especially those in the private sector and but at the same time to help companies’ liquidity. He considered that this has been achieved and said that the support measures will continue if the crisis continues.
He also urged the opposition not to block laws that are in the interest of business.
“Talks continue aimed at finding solution that will be acceptable to all parties. It is important to point out that the key request of those protesting refers to the amendment of the protocols adopted by the Commission for Infectious Diseases, and the Government has respected their proposals. However, the ultimatums are unacceptable to the Ministry of Economy and the Government. It is their right to protest, but it is our obligation to tailor the measures jointly with the chambers of commerce,” Bekteshi said.
It is not true, he added, that hospitality sector was not included in the previous sets of economic measures, but also in the fifth set of economic measures.
Bekteshi voiced confidence that unemployment rate will decrease as there is a tendency personal income tax and VAT revenues to increase, which means, increase of economic activity in the country.
“Businesses can decide for themselves which measures to use separately from the fifth set of economic measures. Companies that have the capacity to invest during 2021 can use the measure for zero-interest loans with a grant component, and those companies that do not have such an opportunity will be able to use the measure for financial support for the payment of salaries,” Bekteshi said.