Kosovo’s PM: Taxes on goods from Serbia and BH will be lifted at midnight

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Source: N1

Kosovo's acting Prime Minister Albin Kurti told reporters late on Tuesday his Government decided to revoke the decision on the 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as of midnight, the Beta news agency reported.

The taxes were introduced in November 2018. The move put the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations on hold since Serbi’s authorities said would not talk as long as the taxes were in place.

Pristina has been refusing to revoke the decision on tariffs despite demands and even threats of stopping the aid from the US. 

Washington welcomed the no-confidence vote in Kurti’s government earlier this month.

Kurti said on Tuesday that taxes on Serbia’s goods would be lifted based on reciprocity, while that would not be implemented on products from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The decision will last until June 15, when the results will be assessed.

Earlier, Kurti abolished taxes on raw material from Serbia and BH.

On Tuesday, he said that the decision meant that all phytosanitary and veterinary documents had to be controlled at Kosovo’s border. All Kosovo’s relevant institutions have to start with the implementation of the decision as soon as it’s being signed.

“The reciprocity measures, i.e., mutual relations as the institute of the relationship between the sovereign states which is in line with international law,” Kurti said.

He accused Serbia of implementing a series of trade non-tariff barriers since the CEFTA agreement, hugely damaging Kosovo’s importers and exporters and causing significant trade deficit between the two countries.