Skopje, 18 May 2020 (MIA) – The government is set to draft a decree on the implementation of the third set of economic measures, some of which will be enforced as of June, Deputy PM for Economic Affairs Mila Carovska told Slobodna TV’s Morning Briefing show on Monday.
She underlined that the third set of measures is aimed at promoting the economy, stimulating personal consumption, and supporting businesses, such as hotels and restaurants, that have been most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
“Personal consumption affects the economy. The third set of economic measures aims to support companies, especially those from the tourism sector, such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies,” Carovska said.
She underlined that the first two sets of measures were intended to help employers retain workers, while the third set aims to promote development and mitigate the effects of the coronacrisis in 2021.
“The first two sets of measures have shown excellent results. 16,546 companies with over a total of 100,000 employees, have been granted financial support,” Carovska said.
The Deputy PM added that 738 loan applications have been submitted for the ‘Covid 1′ credit line, of which 51% are for businesses in the hospitality sector, while 43% in the transport sector.
Regarding the parliamentary election date, she underlined that the government respects healthcare experts’ opinions, who claim that conditions are now favorable for holding election, as another COVID-19 wave is expected in the fall.
“If we don’t have a functional Parliament to control the government, the country weakens. We all need to look at the bigger picture. We can’t keep adopting decrees, we need laws and a fully functioning system. Election should be held as soon as possible,” said Carovska, adding that she expects innovative pre-election campaign, in line with health protocols.