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Serbia requests CEFTA consultations over Kosovo's import tax - PM Brnabic

Serbia requests CEFTA consultations over Kosovo's import tax - PM Brnabic Ana Brnabic; Source: Serbian Government

BELGRADE (Serbia), November 28 (SeeNews) - Serbia's government has filed a formal request with the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) for the launch of consultations on the tariffs placed by Kosovo on imports from Serbia and Bosnia, prime minister Ana Brnabic said.

The CEFTA secretariat has a deadline of 90 calendar days to solve the problem that Pristina caused by violating the agreement, Brnabic said in a statement on Tuesday.

If joint consultations are not launched or the problem is not resolved within the next 90 days, Serbia will initiate proceedings with the CEFTA arbitral tribunal, Brnabic said.

The complaint was also sent to United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, she noted.

Kosovo's government said last week it would increase the import tax on all goods produced in Serbia and Bosnia to 100% with immediate effect from 10% to protect the country's sovereignty and interests.

Serbia and Bosnia both do not recognise the independence of Kosovo, the former southern province of Serbia populated predominantly by ethnic Albanians.

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