Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia on trade barriers fails

Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia on trade barriers fails

Pristina, 5 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The meeting between the delegations from Kosovo and Serbia for the removal of trade barriers and the mutual recognition of the certificates for the transport of hazardous materials known as ADR, has failed.

This meeting was brokered by the European Union in Vienna, Austria.

“Following the difficult talks which lasted until late last night and the efforts to reach an agreement for the mutual recognition of ADRs, no agreement was achieved”, declared minister of Trade and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami, who was part of the Kosovo delegation.

Bajrami said that the delegation of Kosovo has been completely engaged in finding a sustainable agreement which is based on the mutual recognition of ADR certificates between the two countries and our commitment for dialogue continues.

After the meeting, minister for Dialogue Edita Tahiri declared that the talks on this issue will continue in the weeks to come.

“The next meeting on this issue will be held soon. Reciprocity measures will continue with Serbia until an agreement is reached”, she said.

As of 22 March, Kosovo introduced reciprocity measures against Serbia in the domain of the transport of oil and gas. The decision came after Serbia refused to recognize the certificates of lorry drivers who carry dangerous materials. Now, Kosovo refuses to recognize these certificates recognized by Serbia. /ibna/