Kosovo is not exploiting facilities for trade with the EU

Kosovo is not exploiting facilities for trade with the EU

Pristina, April 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo currently enjoys non mutual access without customs taxes in the EU market, but Kosovo producers are not exploiting all facilities advantages that the European Union market is offering.

Although Kosovo exports can enter the European Union free of taxes and EU products are taxed when entering Kosovo, the country is not competing with domestic products that would meet EU requirements and standards.

These are the findings of the report “Potential markets for export” which is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kosovo and is backed by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The head of the Department for Trade at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Blerim Ahmeti said that facilities are being exploited.

“In this process, there are a number of facilities to be granted in order for this trade to be more frequent and more qualitative. In order to achieve this, there must be a thorough analysis, which requires means and human resources”, Ahmeti said.

The author of this report, Gezim Tosuni, said that Kosovo must change its approach in terms of exports.

“What we currently export is our money through the import of goods and services”, said Tosuni.

During this presentation it was said that Kosovo must take advantage of its good cultural relations with Albania, while they also discussed commercial relations with Montenegro.

Montenegro’s export to Kosovo in 2013 was 17 million Euros, an example which according to the authors of the report must be followed.

This report also offers information over the main characteristics and rules of access in four key markets for Kosovo, such as EU, CEFTA, USA and Turkey. /ibna/