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Kosovo's government withdraws from reciprocity with Serbia

  • 5/26/2021 12:45 PM
Kosovo's government withdraws from reciprocity with Serbia

The Government of Kosovo has decided not to implement reciprocity with Serbia at the moment.
The Ministry of Industry, Entrepreneurship and Trade, Rozeta Hajdari, explained why this measure will not be imposed on the neighboring state.
The Ministry of Industry, Entrepreneurship and Trade, Rozeta Hajdari, announced today that it did not want to immediately establish reciprocity with Serbia but to use regional mechanisms to solve the problems that exist between the two countries.
Hajdari made these statements during the regional conference "Economic Impact and Consequences of the Crisis" organized by the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and its partners, the Chamber of Commerce of North-West Macedonia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vlora Region.
Hajdari said that the goal is to strengthen regional cooperation and solve problems, despite the fact that Serbia is doing everything to hinder Kosovo. According to her, Kosovo is not well represented in regional initiatives, so she asked for the support of the chambers present at this conference.
Speaking of reciprocity, Hajdari said that she did not want to take immediate action, expressing readiness for problems to be resolved at the table through appropriate mechanisms.
Hajdari reiterated that economic cooperation is the goal of all countries in the region, therefore she added that the initiation of this cooperation in some areas such as tourism would be a good starting point.
She also requested the cooperation of the chambers in order to eliminate the problems that are on the ground as soon as possible.
The Minister of Trade stated that like any country that has been forced to take measures to protect the health of citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic, Kosovo has acted the same and its effects have been felt in all areas.
She said the government is committed to addressing all of these challenges through a number of principles and laws.
In the end, Minister Hajdari thanked all the chambers and regional partners in this conference for the support they are giving through suggestions to promote regional cooperation.
Due to the non-admission of Kosovo to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in November 2018, the then Government of Kosovo led by Ramush Haradinaj, had imposed a customs tax, initially 10 and then 100 percent, to goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
By the next government, led by Kurti, on March 31, 2020, the tax became reciprocal with Serbia, which provoked opposition in Serbia, the United States and the European Union. The lifting of this measure was the first decision of Kurti's successor, Avdullah Hoti, who abolished reciprocity on 6 June, which enabled the resumption of political dialogue between Pristina and official Belgrade.
In the framework of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, which started in 2011, a number of agreements have been reached, starting from the free movement of people and goods to the recognition of vehicle license plates.
The Kurti 2 government has been called on by the European Union for the dialogue process with Serbia to continue without delays and without obstacles.

/Klara Ruci/