Bloomberg: EU will consider Kosovo’s membership application in 2023

The European Union will look into Kosovo’s application to join the bloc as soon as Sweden takes over the rotating presidency in January, Bloomberg writes and adds:

“The bid will have to be carefully mulled as it’s a sensitive issue for many member states, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. Five of 27 EU states haven’t recognized Kosovo as a country following its unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008.”

Serbia refuses to accept Kosovo’s secession and the lingering enmity leads to recurring escalation, including an ongoing one with local Serbs in northern Kosovo blocking roads, Bloomberg adds.

It may take several years from the time of application to the status of a candidate country. In the case of Albania, five years have passed.

Spain’s Secretary of State for the European Union, Pascal Navarro, said on Tuesday before the Joint Commission for the EU in the Senate that Spain does not recognize Kosovo as an independent country and will therefore vote against any procedural decision and granting candidate status to Kosovo.

Spain is one of the five EU member states that did not recognize Kosovo’s independence, along with Greece, Cyprus, Slovakia and Romania.

(Danas, 21.12.2022)

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