Vucic and Hahn discuss Pristina’s decision on tax increase and regional stability


European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, met with Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. The subject of the discussion was the decision of Pristina to increase tax on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and regional stability.

According to the statement from his cabinet, “President Vucic warned about the possible consequences of the irresponsible decision of Pristina to raise tax on Serbian goods, which further violates the CEFTA agreement, and pointed out that those measures lead to a complete destabilisation of the whole region and could also lead to a major escalation of conflict.”


President Vucic thanked the Commissioner for his understanding of the situation and his wish for the problem to be solved, and also for helping Serbia in the EU accession process. He underlined that the key to further regional progress is maintaining peace and stability, as well as future EU integrations. He also pointed out that Serbia is ready to start the dialogue with Pristina, but only after it revokes the irresponsible decision. “Serbia will not respond with any countermeasures because it wants to stay a reliable partner in the region, as well as in Europe and in the world,” President Vucic reiterated.

European Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said that long-term stability requires reconciliation and good neighborly relations and expressed his full support for the efforts to solve to crisis in a peaceful way, in line with international law and the regional agreements that are already in place,” says the release from the President’s cabinet.


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