INTERPOL rejects Kosovo membership

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Publication Date 20 November 2018
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INTERPOL rejected Kosovo membership on 20 November 2018. Kosovo failed to get a two-third majority of the votes, as 68 voted in favour, 51 voted against and 16 abstained.

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Kosovo blamed Serbia for obstructing INTERPOL membership and consequently raised its tariffs on Serbian and Bosnian goods from 10 percent to 100 percent.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission, perceived the raised tariffs in violation with the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA). CEFTA is a free trade agreement between Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) on behalf of Kosovo. 

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EurActiv, 20.11.18: Serbia scores victory as Interpol rejects Kosovo membership
BBC News, 21.11.18: Kosovo hits Serbia with 100% trade tariffs amid Interpol row
Deutsche Welle, 22.11.18: Serbia warns Kosovo against escalation in tariff row
Deutsche Welle, 21.11.18: Kosovo slaps 100 percent tariff on Serbian goods after Interpol bid failure
Balkan Insight, 20.11.18: Kosovo’s Bid to Join Interpol Fails
Bloomberg, 22.11.18: Kosovo Starts Trade War With Serbs Over Blocked Interpol Bid

Reuters, 21.11.18: Kosovo hits Serbia, Bosnia with 100 percent customs fees after Interpol snub
Euronews, 20.11.18: Kosovo denied entry to Interpol
France24, 20.11.18: Interpol again rejects Kosovo's membership bid
EurActiv, 27.11.18: Kosovo’s trade war with Serbia prompts Tirana to push for Albanian unification
EurActiv, 04.12.18: Kosovo says to maintain its tariffs on Serbia despite EU pressure

European Union External Action, 21.11.18: Statement by Federica Mogherini on the Kosovo Government decision on taxing goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

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