Kosovo Parliament Convenes Friday To Vote Economic Recovery Package
Parliament of Kosovo will convene Friday when MPs are expected to vote an
important Law on Economic Recovery, Gazeta Express reports.
request for holding an urgent session of Parliament was initiated by the Democratic
Party of Kosovo (PDK) in opposition and was signed by MPs of the ruling
Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.
chairman of the PDK Enver Hoxhaj said today that they will support the
Government sponsored Law on Economic Recovery after the Government agreed to
amend the Law and include their recommendations. Hoxhaj said that they will ask
an urgent session of Parliament to vote the Draft Law.
October, the Parliament approved in the first reading the Draft Law after six
failed attempts. The opposition parties criticised the Draft Law saying that
some of the measures will not help country’s economy recover affected by the
COVID-19 pandemic. After first reading the Draft Law was returned to the
Parliament Committees for another review. The PDK voted the Draft Law during
today’s meeting of the Committee on Budget and Transfers paving the way to
proceed the Draft Law to the Parliament for a final approval. The PDK head said
that the Government took into consideration their recommendations and in return
they have decided to support the Draft Law.
Draft Law if adopted will allow Kosovo citizens to withdraw 10 percent of their
pension savings. This was criticised by the PDK who asked the savings to be
reimbursed by the Government. As a compromise the Government agreed to
reimburse all the citizens who in their savings have up to 9,999 euro starting
in 2023. Also, the Government amended the law including the PDK’s
recommendation on easing of the Value Added Tax for some of the imports and
refunding businesses and employees who lost their jobs because of COVID-19
other opposition party – the Vetevendosje continues to oppose the
Government-sponsored law saying that the measures do not help country’s recover
economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. /GazetaExpress/