Mini-Schengen-Hoti: Here`s why such a project is not in our interest

Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) senior official, Avdullah Hoti, said today that in 2016, Kosovo had rejected the Balkans Customs Union, which was a similar model to the Balkans Mini-Schengen.

Hoti lists several reasons why such a project is not in the interest of Kosovo and most countries in the region.

It prevents Kosovo from setting controls (tariffs or full reciprocity) on goods that deregulate Kosovo's market, primarily vis-a-vis Serbia and Bosnia as two countries that do not recognize Kosovo and obstruct it in every way.

It enables unimpeded movement for Serbian officials to come to Kosovo and engage in a political campaign against the state of Kosovo.

It defactorises Kosovo politically and economically in the context of regional agreements, as the agreement involves delegating state powers to the Mini-Schengen.

It economically favors Balkans countries that border EU member states through the tariff policies, whereas Kosovo is not bordered with the EU.

It creates room for an invasion of goods from Russia and countries of the Russian economic zone because Serbia has a free trade agreement with Russia.

As the country with the largest number of population and the biggest economy in the region, Serbia will try to use this idea to keep the Balkans region outside the EU as long as possible, waiting for new geopolitical balances with an increased role of Russia.