RETAIL ASSOCIATION: PROPER INTER-INSTITUTIONAL COORDINATION NECESSARY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SECTOR

Creating the preconditions for sustainable economic development is subject to proper inter-institutional coordination in order to design policies that improve the business environment and properly address problematic issues that prevent the empowerment of the private sector.

Taking into account the challenging issues in this regard, the Retail Network has organized the next meeting with the Deputy Director-General of Tax Administration, Nahit Sharku, the Director of Public Health at the Food and Veterinary Agency, Flamur Kadriu, and the Director of the Department of Service and Education in Tax Administration, Sami Salihu. The topics of discussion were the need for coordination between the Tax Administration and the Food and Veterinary Agency on the issue of disposal. While, the other issues that were discussed were, the issue of callus as well as the possibility of reducing the Value Added Tax rate for the HoReCa sector.

The Executive Director of the Retail Association, Yllka Metaj, stressed that the organization of such meetings between businesses operating in the retail sector and public institutions is necessary to improve the conditions for the development of this sector, while emphasizing that the role of institutions such as the Tax Administration and the Food and Veterinary Agency, play a crucial role in this regard.

Nahit Sharku from TAK stressed that it is in the interest of both parties to simplify disposal procedures for tax issues, while adding that proper coordination between the Tax Administration and the Food and Veterinary Agency is necessary to improve this process. .

He invited businesses to submit their disposal processes so that the Tax Administration can identify areas for improvement. At the same time, Flamur Kadriu, Director of Public Health at the Food and Veterinary Agency, stressed that this agency aims to guarantee the implementation of food security rules, while explaining the procedure on how to handle the goods to be subject to disposal. He stressed that the procedure of product inspections in the retail sector by the Food and Veterinary Agency should be done in accordance with the practices of the Tax Administration for the disposal procedure.

In this regard, he emphasized that he will take measures to inform the inspectors of the Food and Veterinary Agency about the time limit of 10 days for disposal provided by the Tax Administration from the date of declaration of products. In this way, he stressed that the possibility will be eliminated for inspectors to punish economic entities for products that will be subject to the disposal procedure.

The Director of the Department of Service and Education in the Tax Administration, Sami Salihu informed the members about the legal provisions that define the procedure for declaring products for disposal. He further stressed the need to draft legal provisions for the treatment of calluses as it is impossible for fast food to undergo the disposal procedure after a period of 10 days.

Salihu also informed the members about the measures taken by the Tax Administration to educate inspectors in order to avoid the possibility of wrong practices of imposing fines on economic entities.

Regarding the issue of callus treatment, Sharku stressed that it is the right moment and that TAK is interested in resolving this issue through legal provisions to be drafted by the Ministry of Economy, Labor, Trade, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Investments. On the other hand, Sharku stressed that the reduction of the Value Added Tax rate for the HoReCa sector is necessary as it would result in the formalization of businesses operating in this sector while also enabling their expansion.

In the open discussion with businesses, members had the opportunity to address various issues that affect their operations, while emphasizing that they will help these institutions by providing knowledge on best practices in the region and beyond.