The Kosovar authorities have taken a provision concerning two foodstuffs against Northern Macedonia: in order to protect the interests of the companies and the national production, in fact, Kosovo has blocked imports of potatoes and natural honey.
Endrit Shala, the outgoing minister of economic development in the country, said that this adopted by Kosovo comes as a consequence of tariff obstacles imposed by Northern Macedonia on fish imports from Kosovo and for which Kosovo has also complained about the European organization free trade (CEFTA).
"I have decided to take reciprocal measures for the products of Northern Macedonia that are imported into Kosovo and to block the entry of some products in such a way as to force Northern Macedonia to reflect on having an equal treatment for Kosovar products that they enter that country. "- said Endrit Shala.
The reaction of Northern Macedonia
Immediate was the reaction of the authorities of Northern Macedonia. The agriculture minister, Trajan Dimovski, has declared that the stop of imports of natural honey and fish is not a special prohibition only for Kosovo.
According to the Macedonian minister, in fact, the country aims to obtain the export license of fresh fish in the European market and, for this reason, has raised the standards of this sector.
"We are not implementing monitoring and blocking imports because they are products of the Republic of Kosovo, because this measure also applies to all other countries."- said Trajan Dimovski, Minister of Macedonian Agriculture.
Djuric: Serbian products continue to enter Kosovo
The mutual provision of the Kosovar authorities for the two products of Northern Macedonia arrived nine months after the Kosovo government imposed 100% customs duties on products from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
According to the Kosovo authorities, no product from Serbia enters Kosovo differently from what was declared by the director of the Serbian Government's Kosovo Office, Marko Djuric. According to the latter, in fact, despite the pressure on the territory and the increase in police controls, Belgrade is succeeding in finding ways to secure supplies of Serbian products to the Serbian population in the north of Kosovo.
"I will not give in-depth explanations on how this happens, because these explanations would serve as justifications for new pressures a Prishtina, but it is important that in the north there is bread, milk, meat, flour and oil."- said Djuric to the Serbian newspaper" Politika ".