Ljajic: No quick and easy return to Kosovo-Metohija market

In case Pristina's taxes on goods from central Serbia are replaced by reciprocal measures announced by Kosovo PM Albin Kurti, it would mean that one barrier is removed and three new ones are set up, Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic told the Politika daily at the weekend.

17 Februar 2020 14:44

BELGRADE - In case Pristina's taxes on goods from central Serbia are replaced by reciprocal measures announced by Kosovo PM Albin Kurti, it would mean that one barrier is removed and three new ones are set up, Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic told the Politika daily at the weekend.

"Even if the taxes are lifted, it will not be a quick and easy return for our businesses. It will take months. Their positions in the market have been taken by others. Greece, Hungary and Bulgaria have all increased their exports to Kosovo-Metohija by around 80 pct, Slovenia by 60 pct and North Macedonia by around 50 pct," he said.

If the taxes do get scrapped, Serbian wheat and flour producers would return the soonest as wheat prices per tonne are now 10-20 euros higher in Kosovo-Metohija, he said.

Photo: Tanjug/S: Radovanovic, file

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