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de Razvan Diaconu , 14.5.2018
The Tax Code and Fiscal Procedure Code will be amended by the end of this year with a “fair and logical” approach without “populist” initiatives, to create predictability, Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici said on Friday in Suceava.
He hopes these changes will be the last for a long time:
“To end this year the process of constantly changing the tax code – at the Parliament, there are also many amendments, unfortunately, many of them are populist – we at the Finance Ministry, we started a process to make an analysis of the Tax Code and Fiscal Procedure Code, article by article. We have already sent letters to representative structures to help us in this process, to make things simple. We do not start from the idea of just changing something again (…)
By the end of the year, we want to close this public consultation process and, if the case, to have one last change in the two laws, tax and fiscal procedure codes, so that, as of 1 January 2019, to end the discussion on amending these two very important laws for the economy and people to have that predictability. I believe it is a fair and logical process,” Minister Teodorovici said, quoted by Agerpres.
About modernization of customs: Everything coming into the country to be scanned
He also said that this year, the process of modernizing the customs will be completed so that no product will be brought into the country without being scanned:
“It is a very ambitious objective, but it will be achieved. All customs stations from this country will be modernized (…) By the end of the year, in 2019 at the latest, I want to see them modernized (…)
If the national legislation will be changed, so that this customs sector will be an area of national interest, just like the defence field, this area of the tax authority, customs, to have the same regime. In other words, I would buy from the market, right away, whatever services or works I need. We should not wait for months to buy an equipment, pave a road, or equip custom officers with the items they need. This change will need to get the opinion of the CSAT and we have already had discussions about that. This is a correct approach, accepted by everybody (…)
Scanners will be functional (…) Customs will be reformed, upgraded with everything that means fixed, mobile and portable equipment. There will be no such idea of dysfunctional things (…) We will not work based on samples (…) Everything meaning access to the country will be with a fixed scanner, that is, you have no way to pass than through the scanner and the scanning will be done completely, not based on samples … Only from cigarettes, we can bring about one billion euros to the state budget, ” Teodorovici said.