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Haradinaj: Visa liberalisation in June, import tax helps Kosovo’s economic development (media)

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Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj said in a press conference today after the meeting of the government that President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci was right in his estimate that decision on visa liberalisation for Kosovo would be taken in June. “June is a realistic option, but we agreed not to talk too much. I expect this to happen even sooner as many things have changed following Berlin’s position,” Haradinaj said. With regards to the import tax on Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haradinaj said everyone in Kosovo are of the opinion that the measure helps Kosovo’s economic development and lays out the conditions for an agreement to be reached with Serbia. “Kosovo needs to act as a country and we all need to maintain Kosovo’s trajectory,” he said. He reiterated that the lifting of the tax is related to recognition of Kosovo as an independent country by Serbia. Haradinaj also said that the European Commissioner Johannes Hahn will prepare a free trade contract between Kosovo and Serbia but the decision to lift the tax will be taken once other chapters, such as agreement on recognition of Kosovo, are concluded: “We are ready to suspend the tax is the agreement on recognition is ready. They are saying they will ‘nikada’ [Serbian: never] recognise Kosovo, we are also saying ‘kurre’ [Albanian: never].” Speaking about teachers’ strike which is now in its second week, Haradinaj said the government has done all it can to meet teachers’ demands. “I have a great deal of respect for our teachers who kept the education going in the most difficult of times… We hade done what a government can do,” Haradinaj said.

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