Vehicles transporting Serbian goods cannot enter Kosovo unless the words “The Republic of Kosovo” are not indicated in the accompanying documents, the Kosovo government has decided.
A lorry with goods from central Serbia was returned from the administrative crossing of Merdare on Sunday morning, RTS confirmed, meaning that the application of new measures has already begun.
Kosovo government held a video session where they discussed amendments to the Reciprocity Decree, adopting a number of measures which entail a ban of imports from Serbia if the accompanying documents do not indicate the words the Republic of Kosovo.
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Also, the government ordered the Food and Veterinary Agency to use the name and emblem of the Republic of Kosovo on phytosanitary and veterinary certificates. According to the government’s decision, Serbian companies must provide an entry permit for each vehicle with goods entering Kosovo, and the request for a permit must be submitted to the Kosovo Liaison Office in Serbia, by letter or e-mail.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that the decision of the Pristina government was unacceptable and that the Brussels dialogue would not continue until all such decisions were abolished.
“This annuls all Brussels agreements, and we rightly expect the decision to be withdrawn,” Dacic said while speaking for RTS, adding that Serbia has never accepted for goods coming from Serbia to be labeled with “The Republic of Kosovo because it would mean a recognition of Kosovo’s statehood.
The special representative of the European Union for the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Miroslav Lajcak, stated that he was disappointed with the reciprocal measures that Pristina introduced and asked for its immediate withdrawal.
“Disappointed about new reciprocity measures introduced by care-taker government of Kosovo. Such unilateral actions undermine the Dialogue-resumption & should be removed immediately. As consistently said, we expect both parties to the Dialogue to implement & respect past agreements,” Lajcak tweeted.
(Vesti Online, 31.05.2020)
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