In the absence of a quorum, the budget review for 2022 failed to be approved, as at the time of the vote in the plenary hall there were only 54 deputies. However, discussions on the budget review were heated between the Minister of Finance, Labor and Transfers, Hekuran Murati, and the opposition MPs.
Murati said that this review is necessary, because in the first quarter of 2022 there was an increase in revenues of 17 percent more, so the value added to the budget is over 150 million euros used in the economic revival, but the same was criticized by opposition parties and was considered to have no positive impact on the country.
"In the first quarter of 2022 we have an increase in revenues of 17 percent more, compared to the same period of the previous year, thus considering additional interventions in support of citizens, namely the support measures introduced by the government. Such a review, the Ministry of Finance has seen as necessary. "The value added to this review is 150 million and 500 thousand euros, while the review is done only in the Ministry of Finance in the economic revival program", he said.
PDK MP, Mërgim Lushataku said that the budget for 2022 is consumer and without any development effect.
"This budget is completely consuming without any development effect… Most of the budget is planned for ad-hoc, populist policies of Prime Minister Kurti, without any effect on the economy to buy social peace with those citizens in need," he said. .
The criticism was also addressed by the LDK MP, Hykmete Bajrami, and even described it as illegal.
"Since it is possible that you have started the execution, you have put 100 euros to all workers in the public sector before the amendment enters into force, where you received these funds and which budget items you have touched," he said.
While, AAK MP, Albana Bytyqi said that the budget review has no positive impact on the country.
"The draft law is a wrong decision, as it has no positive effects and does not reflect on a proper management of public finances of the state of Kosovo. "Budget reviews are being made, while no investment and development project at the state level has started for 2022", she declared.
However, Minister Murati responded to the opposition deputies, saying that the additional 100 euros go directly to the citizens.
"These payments that we are making go directly into the pockets of citizens, who can use them to cover some of the bills and give an incentive to every family," said Murati.
After the lack of a quorum, the Speaker of the Assembly, Glauk Konjufca closed the proceedings of the plenary session and said that the same will be decided in the Presidency of the Assembly./KP