Annex to the Serbia-Kosovo agreement published

The European Union has published the text of the Implementation Annex to the Agreement on the Road to Normalization of Relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

The text is an integral part of the EU accession negotiation framework and non-compliance with the obligations arising from it can have direct negative consequences on the EU accession of each of the two parties.

After the day-long negotiations between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo in Ohrid, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said that the EU considers the two parties agreeing on the Implementation Annex to be a “significant achievement”.

The annex states the following:

Kosovo and Serbia fully commit to honour all Articles of the Agreement and this Annex and implement all their respective obligations stemming from the Agreement and this Annex expediently and in good faith.

The Parties take note that the Agreement and the Implementation Annex will become integral parts of the respective EU accession processes of Kosovo and Serbia. The Parties note that immediately after the adoption of the Agreement and this Annex, the EU Facilitator will start the process to amend the Chapter 35 benchmarks for Serbia to reflect Serbia’s new obligations stemming from the Agreement and this Annex. The agenda of Kosovo’s Special Group on Normalisation will equally reflect Kosovo’s new obligations stemming from the Agreement and this Annex.

The Parties agree to endorse the Declaration on Missing Persons, as negotiated under the EU-facilitated Dialogue, as a matter of urgency.

To implement Article 7, Kosovo launches immediately negotiations within the EU-facilitated Dialogue on establishing specific arrangements and guarantees to ensure an appropriate level of self-management for the Serbian community in Kosovo, in compliance with relevant previous Dialogue agreements as determined by the EU Facilitator.

The Parties agree to set up a Joint Monitoring Committee, chaired by the EU, within 30 days. The implementation of all provisions shall be ensured and supervised by the Joint Monitoring Committee.

To implement Article 9, the EU will organise a donor conference within 150 days to set up an investment and financial aid package for Kosovo and Serbia. No disbursement will happen before the EU determines that all provisions of the Agreement have been fully implemented.

Kosovo and Serbia agree that all Articles will be implemented independently of each other.

The order of the paragraphs of this Annex is without prejudice to the order of their implementation.

Kosovo and Serbia agree not to block the implementation of any of the Articles.

All discussions related to the implementation of the Agreement will take place under the EU-facilitated Dialogue.

Kosovo and Serbia recognise that any failure to honour their obligations from the Agreement, this Annex or the past Dialogue Agreements may have direct negative consequences for their respective EU accession processes and the financial aid they receive from the EU.

(, 19.03.2023)

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