The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy declared today that in the conditions of the health emergency situation in the country, the opening of public transport is not in the competence of MEI and even less of the transport companies, but only of the Technical Committee of Experts, as the Albanian Government that the life and health of citizens are worth more than any other interest.
Through a press release, MEI announces that the Technical Committee of Experts has decided to postpone for a week the opening of public transport, as a high risk service in this epidemiological situation, given the increase in cases of those affected by COVID- 19.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy says it is familiar with the statements made by representatives of several public transport companies.
"A week ago, when the Government decided to resume public transport, these representatives stated that they would not start work in protest, while today they have come up with another request, to open transport and start work," explained MEI.
According to the MEI, in order to support the public transport sector, as it has done with other sectors affected by COVID-19 prevention measures, the Albanian Government has already taken very important decisions such as the recognition as a deductible cost of 100% of oil consumption, from 43% that was until today, with an effect of about $ 7 million in the state budget and the abolition of all local taxes and fees for public transport entities, by December 31, 2020.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy says it is continuing its efforts to find forms and opportunities to support the public transport sector and any new initiatives will be made public as soon as possible.
MEI on the other hand expresses its full readiness to support the launch of public transport activity, as soon as deemed possible by the Technical Committee of Experts and calls on them to distance themselves from some individuals in their ranks, who in recent days have used violence and pressure even against representatives of public transport associations.
"The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy is preparing a deep structural reform in the Public Transport sector, which aims on the one hand to fully formalize this sector and on the other hand to increase the quality of service to citizens. This reform will be presented at the end of September of this year and will start from the implementation in January 2021 ", it is announced in the statement of MEI.