Veles, 1st November 2014 (MIA) – First 200 decisions for writing off the debts of the vulnerable categories of citizens were awarded today in several cities in Macedonia. Today, the first decisions for writing off the debts were handed over to the vulnerable categories of citizens from Veles in the Social Work Center in Veles by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavreski and the Minsiter of Labour and Social Policy Dime Spasov.
– This is a significant project, a promise about writing off the debts we made to the citizens before the elections, becoming a reality as of today. This shows that the Government fulfills its promises. There were many people who did not believe in this and some politicians attacked us that we promise this only due to the elections, however, we proved that they were all wrong. Citizens belonging to the most vulnerable categories, the poorest citizens, beneficiaries of social assistance and the unemployed people, today had a possibility to obtain the first decisions for writing off the debts, Stavreski said.
He pointed out that it is a matter of citizens from many cities in Macedonia, today, the first 200 decisions were handed over, and the process will further continue. Decisions for writing off the debts, as Stravreski explained, were handed over in all parts of the Republic of Macedonia, i.e. in Veles, Strumica, Radovis, Kocani, Valandovo, Makedonski Brod, Ohrid, Bitola, Gostivar…
– I am thankful to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Ministry of Finance, as holders of this activity, about their expeditious work. As we promised to the citizens, we prepared all decisions that could be completed in the period of 4-5 months and we will continue with same pace during November. I expect for the process to be completed in November and for all citizens meeting the legal requirements, that being the poorest categories of citizens, to obtain the decisions for writing off the debts by the end of November, Stavreski said.
Minister of Labour and Social Policy Dime Spasov expressed contentment with the commencement of the first stage of the project for one-off writing off of the debts.
– Out of the total 42, 000 applications that arrived today in several cities in the country, around 200 decisions for one-off writing off of debts were handed over today. 31, 350 applications are being processed, being more than two thirds of the total number of applications submitted to the institutions for processing, and one half of that number has been returned from the institutions and forwarded to the creditors for the next phase, Spasov said.
He also explained that the process will continue during November as well and the Commission for One-Off Writing off of Debts works intensively in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy offering logistic support to the Commission. He pointed out that they expect for the entire process to be completed by the end of November.
Director of the Social Work Center – Veles, Aziza Xhini Kicara expressed satisfaction that today the two Ministers in Veles handed over the first decisions for writing off the debts. He explained that 1, 206 applications were submitted to the Social Work Center n Veles, 53 decisions out of which were positively solved.
– Most of the submitted applications for writing off the debts of citizens were on the basis of electricity and broadcasting fee, Kicara said.
Submission of applications for writing off the debts started on 18th August, and the 13th October was the deadline. Debts incurred as of 31st December 2013 inclusive will be written off, all on the basis of consumed electricity, thermal energy, credit cards, overdrafts of transaction accounts and consumer credits, as well as debts on the basis of broadcasting fee.
Applications may be submitted by beneficiaries of social assistance, persons who are unemployed for longer than 12 months, and persons having death or disability in the family, due to which they were not able to settle their liabilities.