Kosovo Government sets up working group to review Serbian tax - Gazeta Express

Kosovo Government sets up working group to review Serbian tax

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Gazeta Express

24/02/2020 22:25

Kosovo’s ministry of Economy has set up a working group tasked to assess whether 100 percent tax on Serbian and Bosnia-Herzegovina imports needs to be dropped or not.

This Government’s body is composed of nine different institutions who are tasked to draft a recommendation on identifying of trade barriers. Subsequently the working group is expected to recommend whether or not Kosovo should rescind tariffs on Serbian products.

Based on a document that T7 broadcaster claims to possess, the group is composed by ofifcials of the Ministry of Trade, Kosovo Customs, Agency of Food and Veterinary and representatives of businesses.

The Kosovo Government coalition partners – Vetevendosje and LDK – in their agreement on co-governance pledged to replace 100 percent tax with full political, trade and economic reciprocity with Serbia. Former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj in November 2018 introduced a 100 percent tax in all Serbian imports to counter Serbia’s aggressive campaign against Kosovo’s statehood. The tax has stalled the EU-facilitated dialogue with Serbia, after Belgrade is conditioning resumption of the dialogue with revocation of tax. Kosovo has been put under international pressure asking revocation of tax in order to resume talks with Serbia. /GazetaExpress/