Serbian minister: Kosovo tariffs inflicting a million Euros in losses a day

Serbian minister: Kosovo tariffs inflicting a million Euros in losses a day

Serbian minister: Kosovo tariffs inflicting a million Euros in losses a day Izvor: TANJUG / SAVA RADOVANOVIC

Serbia is suffering daily losses of a million Euros because of the 100 percent tariffs imposed by the Kosovo government, Trade Minister Rasim Ljajic said on Thursday.

Ljajic told TV Prva that the losses now stand at some 228 million Euros. The tariffs were introduced by the Pristina authorities in November 2018.  

The minister said the losses could rise because of the possibility of Serbian goods being completely pushed out of the Kosovo market. “Since the tariffs on Serbian goods were introduced, neighboring countries have entered the Kosovo market and the big question is if Pristina were to revoke the tariffs would the 2,600 Serbian business people be able to return to that market,” Ljajic said.  

According to the minister, countermeasures are still on the table but the government is weighing everything before deciding. “The government wants to avoid that negative scenario as long as there is a minimum of hope that the international community will pressure the authorities in Pristina to revoke the tariffs,” Ljajic said.  

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