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Government of Kosovo today approved an increase in tariffs on goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina by 10% in a response to Serbia’s ongoing effort to block Kosovo from joining international organisations. The decision was met with strong criticism by Belgrade which decided to immediately halt dialogue with Priština. “Priština’s decision is contrary to the current regulations and agreements as well as the CEFTA agreement, and its consequences are detrimental to all ethnicities in Kosovo. The necessary precondition for the continuation of Brussels dialogue is the immediate abolition of this harmful and unlawful decision,” said Marko Djurič, head of the Serbian Government for Kosovo. IBNA reports that Kosovo officials claim Serbia is using the money generated through the trade with Kosovo to damage its statehood. Kosovo’s deputy Prime Minister, Enver Hoxhaj wrote on Twitter “there is no normalisation of relations with Serbia if it continues its aggressive campaign against Kosovo. These economic measures are only the first step. If the European Union does not use its influence to put an end to Serbia’s destructive actions, we’re obliged to act on our own.” The value of goods that Kosovo imports from Serbia amounts to EUR 400m, IBNA reports.

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