Prosecutor General to Take Measures Against ArmenTel

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Head of the Department for the Protection of State Interests Gevorg Danielian announced that the Armenian Government Prosecutor General’s Office will undertake preventive measures for the compensation of the damage caused by the "ArmenTel" company.

The Prosecutor General’s Office has received a statement from Justice Minister David Haroutiunian in which the minister discussed the deliberate violation of agreemen’s reached during negotiations with the "ArmenTel" company regarding tariffs for services provided to juridical persons.

Minister Haroutiunian finds that "ArmenTel" is trying to unreasonably levy a value added tax–while according to agreemen’s reached as a result of 60-day negotiations–this tax is included in the sum of the subscriber’s fee of 2,700 drams.

The Department for the Protection of State Interests is preparing materials for resolving the issues raised.

In the meantime–according to a decree by the "ArmenTel" director–the subscribers – juridical persons–must pay 20 percent more than the declared sum. According to the report received from "ArmenTel," another 20 percent will be added to the subscriber’s fee paid by juridical persons amounting to 2,700 drams starting February 1.

The value added tax is not included in the lump sum paid as prepayment for per-minute bills either. It amounts to 5,100 drams. What is said does not concern physical persons–in their case VAT is not included in the sums declared for them.

An "ArmenTel" representative–quoting the executive director of the company Nikos Jorghulas–said that during the mentioned negotiations the issue of the inclusion of VAT in the tariffs of paymen’s for juridical persons was not discussed altogether. According to him–the Greek side was convinced that the approach stipulated in license 60 given to "ArmenTel," according to which juridical persons are paid sums equal to 5 US dollars plus 20 percent–will be preserved.

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