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Based on the environmental fee, Pljevlja will charge 1.7 percent of the income
The Municipality of Pljevlja has prepared a decision on the amount and manner of payment of the environmental protection and promotion fee in the Municipality of Pljevlja, which should be adopted at the session of the local parliament on November 14th.
The Government approved the introduction of the eco fee.
The payers are legal entities and entrepreneurs who carry out certain activities in the territory of the Municipality of Pljevlja, which affect or may affect the environment and for which an environmental impact assessment is obligatory or may be required.
On the basis of the environmental fee, the Municipality of Pljevlja will collect from polluters 1.7 percent of their annual revenues from the sale of raw materials, semi-finished products and products in the country and abroad.
Taxpayers will pay the fee in two equal installments, the first of which is due on July 31 and the second on November 30, and then the municipality would generate between € 2.5 million and € 3 million annually. The municipality must use funds appropriately for the protection and improvement of the environment.
The Environmental Law stipulates that local self-governments may prescribe compensation for environmental protection and improvement with the prior consent of the Government.
The Municipality of Pljevlja first decided to collect environmental compensation from polluters in 2008. The following year, the Constitutional Court overturned the decision, considering that the Municipality had no right to introduce environmental compensation on the same basis, on which the state was already generating revenue. The Municipality of EPCG is expected to repay approximately 2.8 million Euros due to illegally charged environmental fees. Recently, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said the municipality would pay back its debt in the next ten years.
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