EP's calls on remaining EU countries to recognise Kosovo

NEWS 09.12.2020 13:03
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The European Parliament (EP) draft report on Kosovo, called on the remaining five European Union member states to recognise Kosovo's independence, adding it would be "useful for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported on Wednesday.

The draft, written by the Rapporteur for Kosovo Viola von Cramon, to be discussed by other MEPs, says the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia a priority and a precondition for joining the EU.

Reports about Kosovo and other Western Balkans countries will be on the agenda of the EP’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) on Thursday, and later at the EP plenary session, the reports will become the EP resolution by voting.

The draft also calls on both sides to „timely and in good faith,“ implement already agreed deals.

The document suggests to the EU Council (EUCO) to approve the visa liberalisation for Kosovo’s people in line with the European Commission opinion that all conditions are met.

The draft also warned the MEPs regrated the lack of political will to fight organised crime and corruption more vigorously.

Its particular concern is related to the Kosovo Government’s recent decision to abolish the special anti-corruption department within the police force.

The draft supports the Specialised Chambers for Kosovo based in The Hague and insists on the importance of its „independent work, without any outside influence.“

The document also calls on the EU member states to show more commitment to the enlargement and „lead more efficient communication policy with the EU citizens about the issue.“

The EP will note the economic agreement on the economic normalisation between Kosovo and Serbia reached in Washington on September 4, and stress that the transatlantic cooperation was an essential element for the regional stability.