IBNA Special Report/Skopje demands solution for the economic “war” with Kosovo

IBNA Special Report/Skopje demands solution for the economic “war” with Kosovo

Skopje, September 9, 2013

Skopje is expected to offer a proposal to authorities in Pristina in order to lift the restrictions for the import of the flour of Kosovo and the tax for Kosovo nationals as of September 15.

A delegation of the Government of FYROM has traveled toward Pristina to find a solution about the so called economic and commercial “war” between FYR Macedonia and Kosovo.

This has been declared by government sources, who stressed that they are engaged to overcome this situation and to find an acceptable solution for both sides.

Yesterday there was a phone conversation between Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and Nikola Gruevski, but there was no agreement to overcome this situation. Due to his commitment in the negotiations in Brussels with Serb Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic has demanded for the crisis to be solved by ministerial teams of both countries.

Skopje is expected to offer a proposal to Pristina, in order to lift restrictions for the import of the flour of Kosovo and the tax for Kosovo nationals as of September 15. Pristina’s response is expected to be issued about this proposal.

The situation precipitated as two days ago, Pristina applied restrictions for the majority of FYR Macedonian goods, in response to the restrictions imposed by FYROM itself on Kosovo’s flour and those of neighboring countries. Authorities of Kosovo didn’t lift the embargo even after the request of Skopje, until the latter started to apply yesterday an entry tax for nationals of Kosovo, 2 Euros for every passenger, 5 Euros for cars and 20 Euros for lorries and buses.

This new measure has entered in force today, by blocking a part of large producers of FYROM who export to Kosovo.

Economic Chambers in FYROM have warned that the full embargo will be a serious catastrophe for the economy of FYROM. Trade volume between the two countries in 2012 has been 320 million Euros, out of which 303 million consist on the export of goods from FYROM to Kosovo and only 17 million Euros exported from Kosovo to FYROM. /ibna/