Kosovo needs quality products to export them to the EU

Kosovo needs quality products to export them to the EU

Pristina, 7 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo producers must work more in order to deliver European standards and to produce products that guarantee consumers’ health and safety.

This was stressed in the workshop organized by the ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), which discussed the export opportunities offered by the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA).

Minister of Trade and Industry, Hykmete Bajrami said that Kosovo has obligations that emanate from SAA in order to deliver conditions and standards required by the EU with products that are exported.

“The main and final objective is to create a zone of free trade with the 28 countries of the European Union. This is an excellent opportunity, but we must compete with quality products”, Bajrami said.

The expert of the European Union, Raymond Rourke said that Kosovo businesses and producers must meet the criteria relating to the quality of products.

“Producers must not import pesticides from Turkey for their produces, because they will not be able to export them to the EU member countries. The pesticides must come from the EU countries”, Rourke said.

Rourke said that for the time being, Kosovo can only export biscuits.

According to him, producers must pay more attention to the EU criteria.

Domestic producers who were present in this workshop expressed their interest for the conditions and criteria set out by the EU market, especially those relating to quality and standards. /ibna/