Businesses in protest against new tough measures

Businesses in protest against new tough measures

Tirana, 13 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

Merchants in Tirana have started a protest in front of the government building against the new law on tax procedures which has been enacted on 12 November.

This protest was also backed by NGOs and associations that defend the rights of merchants.

They said that they will send the law to the Constitutional Court, as they consider it to be against Constitution and the right of merchants.

“The battles will not only consist of protests, but also legal battles, as we will send the law to the Constitutional Court”, said Besian Pesha, one of those who addressed the protest. Pesha is a former government official, who currently supports civil society.

Meanwhile, businessman Nikollaq Neranxi, said on behalf of the Association for the Protection of Merchants, that the fines that have been announced are unacceptable and imprisonment is unacceptable too.

“We have come here to say that we do not agree with the fines being issued to merchants and that we do not agree with the law on tax procedures and the imprisonment of businesses. We will send the law to the Constitutional Court and we will continue protests throughout the country”, Neranxi said.

Traders have demanded changes in the law on tax procedures. They say that it’s unfair to imprison a merchant for three years just because he hasn’t issued a receipt, at a time when government people who are accused of stealing millions of euros, are not being brought to justice. /ibna/