BELGRADE, Serbia (AA) – The European Union has invited Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti to Brussels to find a solution to the car license plate crisis.
EU spokesman Petar Stano on Friday said that the current crisis between Serbia and Kosovo is the most difficult situation since 2013.
Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo have risen after ethnic Serbs in Kosovo withdrew from all central and local institutions in protest over Pristina’s decision to replace old car license plates issued by Serbian authorities with those from Kosovo.
On Monday, the second phase of the decision of the government of Kosovo on the re-registration of vehicles should begin after which the owners of vehicles with Serbian license plates will be fined 150 euros.
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade continues to regard it as its territory.
Pristina said it will start issuing fines this month to Serb drivers using old pre-independence plates and will confiscate vehicles with outdated registration numbers after April 21, 2023.
The EU and the NATO have urged both sides to refrain from unilateral actions and resolve outstanding issues through dialogue.