Konfindustria backs up Kosovo’s Decision on 100% Taxes for Serbian Goods

Konfindustria backs up the recent decision of the Kosovo government on the increase of taxes on imports of Serbian goods from 10 to 100%. According to Konfindustria a the major part of the products equipped with a Serbian certificate of origin are subsidized. Further on the Confederation of Albanian Industries highlights that one of the clearest examples of Serbia’s unfair practices is the blocking the 400 kilowatt power transmission line between Albania and Kosovo from becoming operational.

The project worth about Euro 75.5 million would benefit not only Albania and Kosovo but the entire European project on the construction of the joint power network in the Western Balkans and beyond. According to Konfindustria, the annual loss caused by the blocked interconnection line reach is worth millions of Euro.

“Konfindustria has been continuously asked the Albanian and Kosovo governments to scrutinize the implementation of the reciprocity principle in trade policies with Serbia through the application of taxes on imported goods,” the confederation stressed out on its press release.

In the meantime, the Albanian and Kosovo governments held the 5th joint meeting on Monday in Peja. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said during the meeting that the approach of the European Union (EU) on Kosovo’s recognition is disappointing. Moreover, he added that Kosovo should apply zero tax with the south and 100% tax with the north assessed by him as a political reaction./TCH/