Albanian opposition presents an alternative platform for the 2016 budget

Albanian opposition presents an alternative platform for the 2016 budget

Tirana, 2 December 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

A day before the start of discussions in parliament on the 2016 budget and tax package, the Democratic Party, the largest opposition force in the country, has presented its tax package as an alternative.

The package made public today by opposition leader, Lulzim Basha restores the flat tax that PM Sali Berisha’s government applied, but this time not at a rate of 10%, but 9%.

The package also proposes the decrease of VAT for the entire chain of Albanian economy, from consumption to production to 15%, as opposed to a current rate of 20%.

Mr. Basha said that this package is a real opportunity, an urgent need for bold interventions, to restore trust on the Albanian economy and in order to boost economic development and employment.

“It’s a new positive form against a government which instead of supporting businesses, attacks them”, said Mr. Basha in front of the democrat parliamentary group.

Basha also commented the package proposed by the government, which according to him, is ruining for the economy.

A year ago, the right wing opposition sent to parliament 25 amendments on the tax package which would apply during 2015. But none of them was approved.

Discussions on the 2016 budget and tax package is expected to start on Thursday in a plenary session and the debates are expected to last two days.

In contrast to the first two years of Rama’s cabinet in office, the drastic reforms have now given way to several ambitious concessions such as the complete removal of taxes for small sized businesses. These concessions have been justified by the prime minister as a success of the strategy followed by the government. /ibna/