Kosovo PM: Mogherini bruises EU and WB; import tariffs remain

Kosovo PM: Mogherini bruises EU and WB; import tariffs remain

Kosovo PM: Mogherini bruises EU and WB; import tariffs remain Izvor: N1

Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo’s Prime Minister, again accused Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, of damaging both the EU and the Western Balkans region, Pristina media reported on Thursday.

Ahead of the April 29 Western Balkans countries’ meeting in Berlin, Haradinaj said that Mogherini “almost pushed us back to the past.”

“Instead of advocating the independence of Kosovo, she opened the issue of territory swap,” he said adding he doubted any solution could be made with Mogherini as the mediator in the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations under the EU auspices.

Mogherini's term ends this October and she has indicated she won't seek reappointment.

Earlier in April, Haradinaj said Pristina was facing challenges in the implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU (SSA) blaming Mogherini for that.

He accused Mogherini of traumatising Kosovo political life by introducing the exchange of territories into the talks.

Haradinaj said the forthcoming Berlin summit, called for by Germany and France, was “the best way of communication among the regional countries.”

But he added the import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia would not be suspended in the meeting.

Pristina introduced the 100 percent taxes in November and had been refusing to suspend or lift them despite the pressure from the US and EU.

Haradinaj told Kosovo’s producers to keep a good quality of their products, since “maybe once the tariffs might be lifted and you should not think there won’t be competition.”

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