The European Union was surprised and disappointed with the decision of Kosovo’s Government to impose customs tariffs for all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, said in Pristina the EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
Hahn visited Pristina on Monday when he met Kosovo institutional leaders. Adressing media at the EU Office in Kosovo, Hahn said that removal of trade barriers is one of the goals of the EU. Hahn commended Kosovo’s engagement in this direction over the years, but not imposing of the tax two weeks ago. ‘We were all surprised and disappointed with the introduction of 100 percent tariffs. I am aware and all in the EU are aware of current difficulties for Kosovo. There is a need that both sides address this issue,’ Hahn said.
But Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in a press conference held at the Government of Kosovo after meeting Hahn said that the decision on tax will not be revoked adding that Kosovo was forced to impose the tax after Serbia’s aggressive policy towards Kosovo. He stated that Kosovo will consider removing of the tax only after Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s independence.
Commissioner Hahn during his visit to Pristina met Prime Minister Haradinaj, Speaker of Parliament Kadri Veseli and President Hashim Thaci.