A symbolic increase of the number of Greek businesses in Kosovo

A symbolic increase of the number of Greek businesses in Kosovo

Pristina, 27 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Recently, there’s been a growing interest of Greek businesses to invest in Kosovo.

In contrast to previous years, five new Greek businesses were registered from January to June.

Head of Business Registrations Office in Kosovo, Mehdi Pllashniku says that the number of Greek businesses registering in Kosovo is increasing.

“Five Greek businesses have registered from January to June 2015, while in the same period last year, we had only one business. These businesses mainly deal in trade”, Pllashniku says.

However, the Greek crisis has had an impact in the commercial exchanges between the two countries.

Spokesman of the Customs of Kosovo, Adriatik Stavileci, says that in the first half of 2014, export with Greece amounted to 1 million Euros, while for the same period in 2015, it has seen a drop by 500 thousand Euros.

Expert of economic affairs, Xhevat Meha says that the fall in the Greek economy has also had an impact in the economy of Kosovo, as it’s being reflected in imports and exports.

“Besides equipment, there’s also a fall on food products. This fall has come as a result of the fall of purchasing power”, Meha says.

Asked about the effects that the fall of export and import with Greece can have in the economy of Kosovo, Meha says that the fall in exports has come as a result of the fall in development.

As far as the registration of Greek businesses to Kosovo is concerned, Meha said that the number of registered businesses doesn’t reflect the Greek crisis in Kosovo.

Meanwhile, sources from the Greek Liaison Office, told IBNA that Athens is interested to strengthen economic relations with Kosovo.

“Fortunately, we have no pending issues with Kosovo. We’re interested in strengthening cooperation, first of all in economy and then in other domains such as culture, art, science, etc”, he declared. /ibna/