13 April 2018

The series of debates organized by AAB College for local government in Kosovo continued today with the Mayor of Lipjan, Mr. Imri Ahmeti.

During the discussion with the students and the academic staff of AAB College, Mr. Ahmeti presented his achievements and efforts to implement the governing plan in the municipality of Lipjan. He stressed that for a mayor, the main challenge is budget planning for the development of the municipality, emphasizing that in his governance in the Municipality of Lipjan, the main priority is the development of education and health.

When asked by students about the leadership of the Democratic League of Kosovo, he did not hesitate in his reply saying that the DLK has enough potential candidates.

“There is a kind of theory that is being developed recently that allegedly DLK has no potential candidates for the leadership position; and both mine and Gazmend’s answer is that the DLK has, in fact, many candidates” said mayor Ahmeti.

Mayor Ahmeti also spoke about current developments, saying that the country will have elections this year “We are facing many problems, and we find ourselves in a very tenuous political situation due to individual’s agendas, scandals, and populist actions with no basis on legal grounds. Decisions are made, decisions are retracted, various actions are taken that harm the society and the state; however, I think that the elections will be a good opportunity for a new political reconfiguration in Kosovo that would take responsibility to further develop the agendas of the state” said Ahmeti.

The mayor of Lipjan also spoke about taxes, saying that the municipality of Lipjan is one of the few municipalities in Kosovo that has removed municipal taxes for businesses.

“We do not collect any municipal tax from any business in the territory of the municipality of Lipjan, except for the property tax, which is a state level tax,” explained Ahmeti.

Mr. Ahmeti ended the student lecture with an interactive discussion, where interested students had the opportunity to ask questions on various issues that the local government faces.