TODAY, MARCH 12, 2020, THE RETAIL NETWORK ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATED IN THE PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE DRAFT REGULATION ON ASSIGNING WORKING HOURS FOR BUSINESSES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF PEJA

The draft regulation provides for the prohibition of business activities for stores that are a network of more than one (1) store on Sundays and public holidays.

The Retail Association reiterated the view that such a policy would have detrimental implications for the country’s economy resulting in job cuts, lower turnover in monetary values ​​as well as increased informality.

It was also stressed that such a decision constitutes a restriction of free competition and interference in the market economy, guaranteed by legal and constitutional provisions.

The Retail Association states that such public hearings, which aim only at fulfilling the procedural obligations of Municipalities, and do not take into account the needs and requirements of businesses, are a concern that such populist decisions based on market research and measurement are detrimental to the sustainability and economic development of the country.

Therefore, we call on the Assembly Members of the Municipal Assembly of Peja not to put personal and party interests before the well-being of citizens and the need for sustainability and accelerated economic development.