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Serbia and partially recognized Kosovo reached an agreement on the issue of license plates, thus avoiding a further escalation of the conflict. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced this on Twitter.
As part of the agreements, Serbia will stop issuing license plates with Kosovo city codes, and Kosovo will stop re-registering vehicles with Serbian numbers.
“Very pleased to announce that the chief negotiators of Kosovo and Serbia, with the assistance of the EU, have agreed on measures to avoid further escalation and fully focus on proposals to normalize their relations,” Borrell wrote.
From November 1, the Kosovo authorities require that cars in the region drive with local numbers, and not with Serbian ones. From November 21, violators on Serbian license plates were supposed to be fined 150 euros.
The license plate dispute has been going on for a year and a half, after the Kosovo authorities first announced plans to replace the plates. The biggest escalation was in September 2021, when Serbs living in Kosovo began to build barricades in the streets in protest, and the Kosovo authorities threatened to disperse the protesters by force. The EU and NATO had to join in the settlement of the conflict. Since then, the parties have been trying to reach an agreement.
More about the conflict
- The authorities of Kosovo have stopped recognizing Serbian license plates. That was enough for a new conflict on the border Kosovo special forces have been introduced into Serbian regions. NATO forces had to intervene