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17 Oct 16

Kosovo’s Privatisation Process Obstructed by Serbia

Kosovo’s efforts to privatise state companies from the Yugoslav era have continued to face strong opposition from Serbia, which has been seeking to assert control over key assets in its former province.

Arben Qirezi BIRN Pristina
The head of the Serbian government’s Kosovo office, Marko Djuric. Photo: Media Centre Belgrade

Although the privatisation process in Kosovo began long ago, the country is still struggling to get it moving properly, as the Serbian government maintains that the issue of ownership of state companies in its former province must be resolved at EU-mediated talks in Brussels.

The Serbian government’s strategy was laid down by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in parliament in August, when he presented his new government, its program and priorities.

He said that Belgrade will continue the EU-moderated talks with Pristina, but stressed that his administration will continue contesting Kosovo's independence and insisting on Serbia's ownership over Kosovo's resources and state firms.

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