Opposition: The state with alms does not work
The opposition parties in the Assembly have addressed criticism to the Kurti Government for the distribution of funds from the Economic Recovery Package. AAK and PDK say that the state cannot function with “handouts” but that a clear vision for economic development and employment growth is required, Ekonomia Online reports.
The deputy of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), Pal Lekaj, tells Ekonomia Online that the Kurti Government has chosen the wrong path, blocking capital investments.
He says that the executive has focused on social schemes, which according to him are harmful to the development of a state.
“As for the Government of Kosovo, I think it has a wrong vision because it wants to benefit the poor and withdraw from capital investments that it has completely blocked and according to the report we have where 1/10 of capital investments is expenditure, which means that the distribution of public money is in a catastrophic state. I think this Government has focused on social schemes that are not developmental and harm the development of a country. What you can see is that 100 million euros have been allocated in terms of subsidizing electricity, but for six months nothing has moved, funds have not been allocated to KESCO and KEDS, and in this regard I think that the money is still there. any development or is it a fraud for the citizens because they have promised to subsidize the citizens who have spent electricity”, said Lekaj.
The AAK deputy says that such distribution of funds to citizens only happens in poor countries when there is no development program.
“On the other hand, citizens’ lives are being made worse with enormous increases in basic prices, especially those of derivatives. I think we are facing an economic and energy collapse and this Government is thinking that it will act only when it sees the crisis, which is a total failure . I think that this can happen only in poor countries, and when there are no development programs, capital investments, then I think that it is only enough to maintain the current situation and not to think about developing the country”, said Lekaj for EO.
The deputy of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Bekim Haxhiu, thinks the same. He says that the welfare state does not work, but that economic development projects are required.
“The state cannot function with alms is quite evident and I believe that the best answer for this is given by economic experts, but what we have seen for more than a year and a half of the Kurti Government, no development project for the Republic of Kosovo, no project that would encourage the employment of young people, no project that would open new jobs and the Government distributes alms to citizens with 100 euros each which do not produce any effect in improving the difficult economic but also social situation in Kosovo. Most of the budget is being directed by social schemes, but not by economic development and youth employment,” he said.