Position on violation of agreements for normalization of relations by Serbian authorities

Prishtina, April 17, 2024 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo (AmCham) expresses deep concern over the recent actions taken by Serbian authorities to block the movement of several Kosovo buses transporting people from Kosovo to Western Europe. This blockade, which occurred at the border crossing points between Serbia and Croatia and Serbia and Hungary, represents a clear violation of the provisions of the agreements for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

The agreements for normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, facilitated by the European Union, aiming to promote stability between the two countries and the entire region. Central to these agreements is the principle of facilitating the free movement of people, which is a core value of the European integration process. By impeding the movement of Kosovo citizens to their desired destinations in Western Europe, the Serbian authorities are not only undermining these agreements but also hindering the progress towards regional stability and European integration.

AmCham firmly believes that the free movement of people is essential for fostering economic growth, promoting cultural exchange, and strengthening ties between nations. Restrictions on movement not only disrupt the lives of individuals but also have adverse effects on trade, investment, and business activities in the region.

Therefore, AmCham calls on the international community to demand strongly from the Serbian authorities to remove the blockade immediately and allow the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo to move freely to their desired destinations. Additionally, we urge Serbian authorities to refrain from similar actions in the future and to uphold their commitments to the agreements for the normalization of relations.

In conclusion, AmCham remains committed to advocating for the principles of free movement, regional cooperation, and economic prosperity in Kosovo and the wider region. We stand ready to work with all stakeholders to address any challenges and obstacles to achieving these goals.