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EU officials publish new Balkan strategy: Nothing new on Kosovo

EU officials publish new Balkan strategy: Nothing new on Kosovo GazetaExpress

The European Commission adopted on Tuesday in Strasbourg a strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans'. But the Strategy brings nothing new for Kosovo.

In this strategy The EU offers Kosovo an opportunity for sustainable progress through implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and to advance on its European path once objective circumstances allow. Kosovo will also benefit considerably from a definitive normalisation agreement with Serbia. “Without effective and comprehensive normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations through the EU-facilitated Dialogue there cannot be lasting stability in the region. A comprehensive, legally binding normalisation agreement is urgent and crucial so that Serbia and Kosovo can advance on their respective European paths,” it is explained in the strategy for Balkans.

Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson to the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has published in Twitter the statements of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini who concluded “the European future of the region.” Juncker announced that he will travel to the Western Balkan countries to discuss the strategy. “I will travel to each of the countries of the Western Balkans at the end of this month with a clear message: keep reforming and we will keep supporting your European future," he said presenting the Strategy in Strasbourg.

Mogherini in her speech reiterated that the Western Balkans are part of Europe and has a clear European future. “This Strategy gives all of us a shared, clear, unequivocal, credible and concrete perspective for each and every one of our six partners' EU integration. The next months will be not only intense but also crucial to make sure that this historic and unique opportunity is seized,” she said.

Today, the European Commission announced six flagship initiatives - specific actions that the EU will take over the next years to support the transformation efforts of the Western Balkans in areas of mutual interest. These range from initiatives to strengthen the rule of law, reinforced cooperation on security and migration through joint investigating teams and the European Border and coast guard, expanding the EU Energy Union to the Western Balkans or lowering roaming charges and rolling out broadband in the region. The Strategy also underlines the need for the EU to be prepared to welcome new members once they have met the criteria. The strategy explains steps which need to be taken by Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo. /Express

    Date: 06 February 2018 16:25
    Author: GazetaExpress