Kosovo opens free trade negotiations with EFTA countries

The Republic of Kosovo and countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) met in Geneva for the first round of negotiations toward a free trade agreement.

The parties discussed the trade of goods, rules of origin, facilitating trade, sanitary measures, technical barriers in trade, competition, legal trade tools, legal issues and the resolution of disputes, ad trade, and sustainable development. Investments, services, and government procurements were addressed at the level of heads of delegations and there was an agreement to continue these discussions at the second round of talks which will be held in Kosovo.

“The main objective of the agreement is to further increase the presence of Kosovo products in EFTA markets, creating a competitive environment, eliminating trade barriers with special emphasis on increasing exports and investments. Discussions were constructive and they paved the way to concluding a mutually beneficial free trade agreement,” a statement issued by Kosovo’s Ministry of Industry and Trade.