The ministers of the countries of the region agreed to give the ultimatum to Croatia for seven days due to Zagreb’s decision to increase the fee for imported fruits and vegetables, learns Sarajevo’s portal Avaz.
On the occasion of the new rulebook of Croatia according to which fees are to be increased 22 times, talks between officials of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo countries started in Sarajevo at noon today. The ministers are unanimous that it will come to the introduction of countermeasures if Croatia does not withdraw measures within seven days, Avaz writes.
The meeting is attended by the Minister of Economy of Montenegro, Dragica Sekulic.
Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations at the Council of Ministers of BiH, Mirko Sarovic, said earlier that he expects that the participants in the ministerial meeting could define a common attitude towards Croatia’s measures.
On the eve of the trip to Sarajevo, Serbian Minister of Trade Rasim Ljajic said that, if an agreement with Zagreb was not reached, it would obstruct the European Commission and consider the countermeasures.
Croatia has increased taxes on import of fruits and vegetables from 12 to 270 euros.
Croatian officials explained that it was a matter of protecting domestic producers and that the increase in fees for the control of imported fruits and vegetables from third countries Croatia did not violate the SAA.
Source: Radio Television Montenegro