Businesses in Kosovo don’t have a place where they can complain

Businesses in Kosovo don’t have a place where they can complain

Pristina, 6 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Businesses which have legal disputes with Customs and Kosovo Tax Administration, have no place where they can complain. This, due to the fact that the Ministry of Finance has decided to shut down the Independent Board of Complaints (IBC).

IBC’s mandate was supposed to end at the end of the year. After its closure, unsatisfied taxpayers have been able to address to two instances of the legal system.

In spite of the continuous declarations made by the minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti that he would create the necessary legal basis for this board to be functional, it doesn’t seem that he has been taken very seriously, because the Ministry that he chairs says that the legal changes have made the closure of the board necessary.

The head of the American Chamber of Commerce to Kosovo, Arian Zeka says that the start of this year, American Chamber of Commerce along with the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce have come up with a joint stance, through which they have demanded from the Ministry of Finance and the government to make the board functional again.

Kosovo Business Alliance too has demanded from the government and the parliament of Kosovo to reactivate the Independent Board of Complaints. The vice chairman of this organization, Suat Berisha says that the main reason for the request to reopen the Board relates to the fact that the decision to close it was in violation with the law. /ibna/