Government sources deny Serbia hired US lobbying firm
Reports that the Serbian government has hired US company Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP to lobby on its behalf in Washington are incorrect.Source: Tanjug
Tanjug said this on Tuesday.
The agency said it learned from sources close to the Serbian government that negotiations are still in progress with this law firm headquartered in New York. The talks concern the firm possibly representing Serbia in arbitration proceedings in Strasbourg, related to Pristina's violation of the regional free trade CEFTA agreement.
Tanjug's sources in the Serbian government, however, stressed that the talks have nothing to do with Americans, nor with lobbying, but exclusively with the issue of (Pristina's) taxes (on goods from central Serbia) and the CEFTA violation.
No contract has been signed, options are merely being considered, said the source.
Voice of America reported earlier in the day that the said firm would "lobby for Serbia in the United States on regional cooperation issues, which include 'a foreign client (Serbia) and Kosovo'."