It is required that the conditions and criteria for oil trade be determined by law

It is required that the conditions and criteria for oil trade be determined by law

Trade in petroleum products and fuels should be regulated by law. This was said at the public hearing on the occasion of the review of the Draft Law on Trade in Petroleum Products and Renewable Fuels at the Committee on Economy, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Trade.

Representatives of chambers of commerce, and businesses, requested in this meeting also, that by law, to recognize and accept the losses that are caused, that the cleaning of tanks to be done every 10 years, and for quality control not to burden the subject in cases when the latter complies with the rules.

The Chairman of the Chamber of Doing Business in Kosovo (CDBK), Skënder Krasniqi, said that it is very important that the conditions and criteria for exercising the activity are determined by law.

During the analysis of the draft, Krasniqi said that they have noticed that in some cases it is stated that “The Minister with a sub-legal act determines the conditions, criteria, procedures”, where based on current practices, he stressed that it is important that the conditions and criteria for exercise of activity to be determined by law.

Krasniqi: Conditions and criteria for exercising the activity to be determined by law

“We consider that it is very important that the conditions and criteria for exercising the activity are determined by law, and not left in the hands of an administrative instruction, or other bylaws, which can be changed depending on the minister and his will. Moreover, by law, respectively referring to Article 18, which regulates Penalties, 5 pages specify the penalties that a business faces in case of eventual violations, then the conditions and criteria for exercising this activity should be specified. So, the technical-technological criteria, conditions, and procedures to be determined by this draft law and not to leave space for bylaws to be changed every year by the minister”, said Krasniqi.

The chairman of the committee, Ferat Shala, agreed with this, according to whom the quality should be from the basic standards of the law.

Shala: Quality must be of the basic standards of law

“The reception of the minister, the professionalism is different, therefore the quality should be regulated by law, not by sub-legal act. Quality must be the basic standards of law. We saw exactly where these bylaws brought us”, he said.

Whereas the president of the Kosovo Association of Oilmen, Fadil Berjani, made known the 3 main demands of the oilmen. While emphasizing that so far there were no criteria for the construction of oil points, for which he said that the criterion should be the distance or their number that can be opened in a certain space.

Berjani: We have 3 main requirements

“A complaint we have made has more technical problems than they were intentional. Concrete case, the demand is on cleaning the tanks. Tanks cleaning in EU countries is done every 10 years, and this is a requirement. As an association, we would not ask for something that would harm the state. The second requirement, also this is quality control, when it becomes extraordinary, if the oil product complies with the rules, then the subject should not pay. The third requirement is the acceptance of losses… As they are in the EU, so be included in this law”, he said.

The oil workers who were present also presented to the MPs of the Committee their concerns and requests, which had to do mainly with issues such as loss recognition, quality control and tank cleaning. They demanded that the licenses be permanent, that the tanks be cleaned every 10 years. As for the quality measurement, they demanded that when the subject is in compliance with the rules, it should not be obliged to cover the costs.

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