Apostolova calls for end to monopoly in vehicle homologation

EU Head of Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, called on members of the Kosovo Assembly on Wednesday to put pressure on the government to annul an administrative directive that enables monopoly in vehicle homologation.

A press release issued by the EU Office notes: “The Head of the EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, addressed the Assembly Economic Committee today raising concern over monopoly in vehicle homologation and imposition of non-tariff barriers for new vehicles, causing unnecessary expense to the people of Kosovo. The EU is concerned that the Government’s Administrative Instruction 02/2018 on vehicle homologation will lead to the extension of the monopoly, as the current set-up implies an automatic extension of an economic operator which has had an exclusive agreement since 2008. This practice runs against the spirit of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and creates barriers to trade”. Media report that Apostolova told members of the Assembly Committee on economic development that “competition among homologation service providers will reduce price and enable better services for the people of Kosovo. Currently, citizens pay for a service available only in Pristina at a substantially higher price than others in the region”. Several news websites report that the German Ambassador to Kosovo, Christian Heldt, too reacted on Wednesday against the monopoly in vehicle homologation.