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Kosovo’s Govt. adopts partial lifting of taxes, six crossings opening on Friday

March 20, 2020

The Government of Kosovo decided on Friday night to abolish a part of the 100 percent import duties on raw material from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with two Serb ministers abstaining, KoSSev website reported.

Amid threats that his main coalition party, Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) might leave the government, Prime Minister Albin Kurti signed earlier on Friday a document on abolishing a part of the import duties, but it would be in force after the government approved it, the KoSSev website reported.

The Government later decided that lifting of all the taxes should be in force as of April 1, without mentioning the previous condition about Belgrade reciprocity, although  Kurti earlier insisted on that despite the US protest. 

Kurti said later on Friday that as "of tonight six border crossings with Serbia will open for import of raw material."

In the meantime, LDK submitted a motion of a non-confidence vote to Kosovo's Parliament after collecting over 40 MPs signatures, koha.net reported. 

Kosovo Parliament has 120 seats and 61 votes are needed for the ousting the Government.

That depends whether the 24 MPs of the Democratic Party of Kosovo will support the motion.

Pristina daily Koha Ditore quoted its sources as saying the government would decide on Kurti’s suggestion later on Friday. 

The head of LDK Isa Mustafa, who threatened to file a motion for a no-confidence vote into Kurti’s cabinet “gave him another chance and demanded this morning that he honoured the LDK demand, but also the one made by the US and lift the taxes today.”

However, the US requested a thorough removal of all taxes, what Kurti rejected.

Last month, the US President Donald Trump’s Special Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo, Richard Grenell tweeted that Washington did not support partial annulling of taxes announced by Pristina, adding the US view was clear – all taxes must be abolished.  

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a580109/Pristina-partially-lifts-taxes.html

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