New tax on non-alcoholic drinks angers producers in Kosovo

Prishtinë, May 22, 2006 – Domestic producers of non-alcoholic drinks threaten Kosovo’s government and UNMIK Pillar IV with employee redundancies if the application of the new tax regime on non-alcoholic drinks is not postponed, reported the dailies in Kosovo.

Prime Minister Çeku did not wish to make any promises on this issue. Producers are determined to avoid the application of this excise on their non-alcoholic products.

“Although the government has promised us that they will stimulate domestic production, nothing has happened so far. Furthermore, additional excise on non-alcoholic drinks came into force as of 1 April and it is not sustainable’ said a representative of non-alcoholic producers of Kosovo.