Following the decision to launch membership negotiations with Serbia, EU leaders agreed on starting talks with Kosovo for stabilization and association process in the last EU summit in Brussels.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule congratulated Serbia and Kosovo and said he applauds both countries’ efforts in the negotiation process. In his message wired on web, US Ambassador to Kosovo, Tracey Jacobson also praised the neighboring countries and expressed his gratitude to see Belgrade and Pristina on the path of EU membership.
“I paid a visit to Belgrade two years ago. At that time, there were some issues to be resolved regarding the EU process. Over the course of time, many problems have been overcome. I congratulate the countries. We may set January 2014 as the date for the negotiation with Serbia to determine how the rest of the process will go on. The process will continue without any problem.” said Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.
British Prime Minister David Cameron stated “EU membership process has provided significant benefits in legal and economic regulations to candidate countries. This is valid Serbia and other countries as well. Although economic benefits have privileges, the continuity of stability should not be denied.”
Kosovo and Serbia welcome EU decision
As Kosovo and Serbian governments welcome the decision of European Council, both administrations are of the opinion that the development is an important step towards EU membership. Kosovar government said the decision is the first official step for Kosovo’s EU membership. Kosovar official stated that the decision presents a legal framework enhancing stability and security for investors and adding that it also raises hope of employment.
Kosovar President Atifete Yahyaga said the signing of stability and association agreement is a confirmation of her country’s progress and it marks beginning of another period for Kosovo’s relations with EU. Yahyaga underlined that signed accords with EU also contribute the improvement of democratization.
The decision to start EU negotiations is welcomed also by Serbian politicians in all ranges. Serbian government is certain of having a membership date in January next year. Touching upon that the negotiations with EU officially begins, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said exclusive additional conditions will be applied to Serbia but there will be no comeback after this point. Kosovar and Serbian leaders will come together again on 8th July with the mediation of EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs
Peace process between Kosovo-Serbia
Vice president of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court Kadir Kryeziu said the last EU decision will help both sides to resolve their bilateral disagreements adding that “After the war in Kosovo, I find efforts for EU membership as positive steps. Kosovo has always had a crucial position among Balkan states, therefore, Kosovo is a part of Europe. In the ongoing negotiation process, Kosovo has the same place with the developed EU countries. EU would assist to eliminate the issues between Kosovo and Serbia. We cannot the deficiencies in our country. We should advance in fighting against corruption, legal problems and strengthening legal structure. These are all important steps for EU membership.
Kuzey News AgencyGüncelleme Tarihi: 04 Temmuz 2013, 18:30