Pristina, July 4, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
For the first half of the year, customs of Kosovo have collected 20 million Euros more than the first half of 2013. Tax administration of Kosovo has also performed better than the same period last year.
This information was announced on Friday in a news conference by the minister of Finance, Besim Beqaj, following the meeting with the Consultative Committee, which saw the participation of the heads of customs and tax authorities along with representatives of the business sector.
According to Beqaj, this increase in revenues shows that informal economy is being fought.
“Performance of customs in the first half of the year has been positive. Revenues are 20 million more than the previous year. We have fulfilled 95% of the plan, which shows that we’re fighting informal economy in a tough way. This year, total revenues were 380 million Euros, while last year, they were around 360 million Euros”.
“We have discussed the auditing reports of these two state agencies. In the framework of the UNDP report, customs and tax authorities of Kosovo have made progress in terms of the fight against corruption”, said Beqaj.
Meanwhile, Agim Shahini from the Kosovo Business Alliance demanded more cooperation between Kosovar businesses and state institutions.
“Without a close collaboration between the business community and state institutions for the collection of revenues, we could have not achieved a good performance, which was even certified by different international mechanisms”.
“Businesses must continue to be disciplined with their fiscal practices, to be responsible toward state institutions and on the other hand, agencies such as customs and tax administration must offer businesses an equal treatment”, said Shahini. /ibna/