The government and the opposition - the CBK Regulation should not be discussed in Brussels

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Representatives of the main party in power and political subjects in the opposition have united in the position that the Regulation of the Central Bank, which has banned the Serbian dinar, should not be a matter of discussion at the political level in the Brussels dialogue. However, the need for coordination with international organizations has been expressed, but in Pristina and not elsewhere

The issue of banning the use of the dinar for cash payments has created a consensus between the ruling party and political entities in the opposition, as representatives of both camps have shared the same position that the Central Bank Regulation (CBK) should not be part of the political discussions taking place in Brussels.

Mimoza Kusari-Lila, head of the Parliamentary Group of the Vetëvendosje Movement (LVV), said on Friday that the political discussions on the official currency in Kosovo have ended with the adoption of the Constitution, a few months after the declaration of Independence.

"No other discussion in relation to the policies, with the CBK or the provisions deriving from the Constitution of Kosovo on this issue can be restored in the sense of any flexibility. The only way to deal with this issue is to facilitate the establishment of forms or ways, namely the opening of accounts by the Serbian community in Kosovo to receive those funds", she stated at the press conference after the meeting of the Presidency of the Assembly.

Representatives of the Democratic Party (PDK) and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AKK) also expressed their opposition to discussions at the political level about the CBK Regulation.

Abelard Tahiri, head of the Parliamentary Group of the PDK, has expressed the opinion that raising such discussions would be "the greatest damage that can be done to Kosovo".

"This is water that only goes to the mill of Serbia. This is a favor we are doing to Serbia. This was our internal issue that had to be arranged in coordination with the United States of America", he said.

E Besnik Tahiri, head of the AAK Parliamentary Group, has emphasized that the issue of the CBK Regulation should be discussed in Kosovo.

"What the Government should do is to discuss this topic in Kosovo with the interested parties. Whether the EU or the USA is a party should be discussed in Pristina. Why should we go to Brussels for Kosovo's currency or why should we discuss in Brussels about a CBK Regulation. This must happen in Kosovo, it is a great misfortune that this decision, which is internal, has become an international topic for us", said Tahiri.

The positions expressed followed the meetings held on February 27 in Brussels, during which the delegation from Kosovo, represented by the CBK, discussed the issue of the dinar with the delegation from Serbia and with the European emissary for dialogue, Miroslav Lajçak. Kosovo has sent the governor of CBK, Ahmet Ismaili, to this meeting, since the chief negotiator and deputy prime minister, Besnik Bislimi, has refused to participate, assessing that the issue of the dinar is not part of the dialogue facilitated by the EU. After the meetings, the emissary Lajçak emphasized the need for holding additional meetings, with the justification that "many political questions have remained unanswered".

The reason for the meeting was the new Regulation of the CBK, which entered into force on February 1 and which foresees the euro as the only currency for cash payments in Kosovo. The international factor has opposed its entry into force, due to concern about the implications it may have on Serbian citizens who accept payments in dinars from Serbia.