Kosovo Government sets up working group to review Serbian tax
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/