Shala warns of reciprocity measures against North Macedonia

Shala added that the import taxes on Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will remain in force for as long as the reasons that led to the decision are not eliminated.

Outgoing Minister of Trade and Industry, Endrit Shala, said in an interview with Ekonomia Online that Kosovo businesses have expressed concern over trade barriers they are encountering from Albanian and North Macedonian authorities but while with Albania these issues are in the process of being resolved, he warned that in the case of North Macedonia they may be forced to impose reciprocity measures.

“We have passed on information about these barriers to CEFTA mechanism and we are waiting for a response from the line ministry of North Macedonia and if none arrives… we will be forced to take reciprocity measures,” Shala said.

Shala added that the import taxes on Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will remain in force for as long as the reasons that led to the decision are not eliminated.

“These will remain applicable and should go for any new minister, a new government,” he underlined.