The response of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) to Pristina’s 100% customs fees could be a request to exclude Kosovo from the CEFTA agreement, reports portal B92.
Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia-Herzegovina Mirko Sarovic said, commenting on Pristina’s measures, aimed also against goods from central Serbia, that there was no need to resort to countermeasures – but that BiH’s response could be a request for the exclusion of Kosovo from agreements that guarantee free trade.
“One of the possible measures, if these (Pristina’s) measures are continued, is to ask for their suspension from the CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Agreement) framework, but also suspension from the SAA (Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU). They will meet on December 17, and we will inform (EU officials) Johannes Hahn and Federica Mogherini about it,” Sarovic told TV Alfa, according to Bosnia-based website avaz.ba.
It is also stated that Sarovic assessed that Kosovo, by joining CEFTA, also accepted the fact that BiH did not recognize Kosovo at the time, and that recognition cannot be a condition for free trade.