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Kosovo and Serbia discuss the dinar in Brussels

Kosovo and Serbia discuss the dinar in Brussels

Under the mediation of the European Union, meetings will be held in Brussels on Tuesday as part of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, with the aim of finding a solution regarding the use of the Serbian dinar.

A regulation of the Central Bank of Kosovo (CBK), which entered into force on February 1, foresees the euro as the only currency for making cash payments in Kosovo, prohibiting the use of the Serbian dinar.

This decision, according to the EU, has caused practical problems for the Serbian community in Kosovo, who used the Serbian dinar and with this currency received help from Serbia. Therefore, the EU has called a meeting on February 27 to find a solution to this issue.

The meetings in Brussels start in the morning and according to diplomatic sources, the EU envoy for the dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, will first meet with the delegation of Serbia, then with that of Kosovo. According to the practice from the past, after the separate meetings that Lajçak will hold with the parties, tripartite meetings will also be held.

Although the EU announced a day ago that both sides have confirmed their participation, in these meetings it seems that the composition of the delegations will be different from the past. While Serbia will be represented in the meetings by its chief negotiator for dialogue, Petar Petkovic, from Kosovo, the governor of the CBK, Ahmet Ismaili, will participate in the meetings in Brussels.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi, who is also the chief negotiator for the dialogue with Serbia, did not agree that the issue of the Serbian dinar should be part of the dialogue. This, as the Government of Kosovo considers this to be an internal matter for which the CBK has independent powers./ REL

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