Kosovo imposed a 100% customs tariff on Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, after establishing a 10% rate on the 6th of November 2018. This is a violation of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), that is signed by both parties. The media channel, Business Reporter, states that this ‘measure has yet to trigger any significant food shortages or price surges’ and ‘a hospital in northern Mitrovica warned it was at risk of running out of oxygen and medicine’. A statement issued by the High Representative of the European Union, Frederica Mogherini, that condemned these actions.
Student protests are taking place at the University of Pristina temporally settled in North Mitrovica to call for international solidarity and attention. The students have the opinion that the imposed tariffs violate their right of human dignity, which is the first article of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The European Students’ Union is supporting the students at the Pristina University temporally settled in North Mitrovica. In the 21th century no student should be withheld from basic rights, such as meals and water. The European Students’ Union is also concerned that the following articles of this Charter are of risk to be violated: art. 1 and art. 35.
Proposed by: Executive Committee of ESU (EC)