The Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced in mid-April that Belgrade’s first countermeasures to Pristina’s taxes would arrive ‘around St. George’s Day.’ The decision on the countermeasures, however, has not been made yet.
The Serbian Chamber of Commerce stated that the reciprocity to this measure would not have a big effect due to the small size of imports of goods from Kosovo, while any other type of countermeasures would jeopardize Serbia’s political position.
The Serbian President and SNS leader, Aleksandar Vucic announced that first countermeasures to Pristina’s decision to impose 100% tax increase on goods from Serbia would be decided at a session of the SNS ‘around St. George’s Day’. The announced meeting, however, was not held and no decision was made on possible countermeasures.
On the other hand, during a guest appearance on the Upitnik talk-show on RTS last week Vucic claimed that Serbia’s countermeasures could harm Kosovo Serbs. Reciprocity would not have a significant effect due to the small size of imports of goods from Kosovo.
In addition, Nenad Djurdjevic from the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia said that the countermeasures would have no economic or political significance. The import of goods from Kosovo amounts to only €20 million a year.
„The ban on the import of products from Kosovo would not affect either Serbia or Kosovo, while any other countermeasures would concern the implementation of agreements on the normalization of relations. Therefore, we would endanger the political position and affect the long-term prospects of Serbia with this kind of measure,“ Djurdjevic told RTS.
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