Lithuanian Police Commissioner General Linas Pernavas sees the frequent use of cash as a key factor in the shadow economy and proposes to consider imposing restrictions on marketplaces and construction, transport and car trade businesses, which he says are the sectors where grey activities are most widely spread.
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Pernavas questions whether Lithuania needs open-air and covered marketplaces in the form they exist now.

"We should ask ourselves if these marketplaces should continue to exist in the form we have them now," the police chief said at a news conference on the shadow economy on Monday.

"I'm not speaking about farmers' markets, self-produced goods or artists and their works," he added.

According to Pernavas, the government has to decide whether to allow people to work in construction under individual activity certificates and to consider a ban on selling apartments without interior finishing.

The commissioner general thinks that restrictions on cash transactions would be the most helpful in curbing the shadow economy in the car trade industry.

According to the police, shadow activities amount to around 739 million euros in the construction sector annually, to 494 million euros in marketplaces, to 272 million euros in cars and car parts, and to between 72 million and 200 million euros in transport and cargo transportation.

BNS
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