Serbia doesn’t give up on “Trepça”

Serbia doesn’t give up on “Trepça”

Pristina, October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

At a time when parliament of Kosovo is getting ready to pass the bill concerning “Trepça” metallurgic combine, Serb authorities are contesting this process.

The head of the Kosovo Office in the Serb government, Marko Djuric declared today that the bill on Trepça aims at nationalizing the plant. But according to him, this will not happen and that Belgrade will defend it in any way possible.

Djuric added that this is an effort which was reactivated last year, when authorities in Pristina tried to nationalize Trepça through a special bill, which didn’t recognize the Serb Development Fund and other creditors as legitimate owners.

He said that the bill on Trepça came out of nowhere and has not been discussed with Serb representatives.

Djuric added that the Serb side is trying to engage in talks, because Trepça belongs to the Fund for the Development of Serbia and to several other companies which own shares.

“The biggest problem doesn’t relate to the hundreds of millions or billions of euros, but to more than 3 thousand employees, the rights of which have been violated. The Serb government will defend their interests and will not allow anyone to leave”, Djuric said.

Meanwhile, speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli says that with the new bill, Trepça will be given way for revitalization and this will give the green light to Kosovo’s economic development. /