Kosovo lifts tariffs on Serbia, introduces reciprocity
Kosovo’s caretaker prime minister Albin Kurti said the 100 percent tariff on Serbian goods will be fully revoked on 1 April and be replaced with reciprocity.
Kurti said that the new measure which must be confirmed by the caretaker Government tonight, will remain into force until 15 June, and after an assessment the Government will decide how to further proceed. Earlier the Government dropped tariffs on raw materials coming from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Kurti during a press conference on Tuesday evening said the reciprocity
measures are in line with the CEFTA Agreement, a regional trade agreement that Kosovo
is part of, and the European trade practices. According to Kurti if the Cabinet
approves his proposal, the 100 percent tariffs on Bosnia-Herzegovina goods will
be completely abolished without introducing any additional measure.
Former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj introduced in November 1018 a 100
percent tax on all goods from Serbia to counter Belgrade’s aggressive campaign
against Kosovo’s statehood. The tariffs have halted the EU-facilitated
dialogue, with Belgrade conditioning resumption of dialogue with the revocation
of tariffs. Kurti’s Government was pressed by United States and the European
Union to completely drop tariffs and not introduce any new measure. On 25 March
the Parliament dismissed Kurti’s Government following a no-confidence motion
initiated by junior coalition partner – LDK following disagreements on handling
the coronavirus crisis. One of the reasons the LDK decided to dismiss the
Government was also Kurti’s refusal to fully lift tariffs as requested by the
United States. /GazetaExpress/