EP officially calls on Serbia to recognize Kosovo’s independence

The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) approved assessment reports on Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which warned of a lack of progress and backsliding on fundamental issues by Serbia.

A press release said that the MEPs called the Serbian authorities to bring the country back on track towards integration into the European Union. “The report on Serbia welcomes the fact that EU membership continues to be Serbia’s strategic goal, while regretting the lack of progress and even backsliding on issues that are fundamental for EU accession.

Praising the return to a more pluralistic parliament following the elections in Serbia on 3 April 2022, Members call for progress on the rule of law, fundamental rights, freedom of expression, strengthening media pluralism and normalisation of relations with Kosovo,” it said.

They also called on the newly elected Serbian authorities to urgently align with the EU’s decisions against Russia and expressed concern over the spread of disinformation, Russian propaganda and other hybrid threats in the Western Balkans.

“Following the April 2022 elections and Russia’s war of aggression, it is my genuine wish that our partners in Serbia understand the sense of urgency in moving forward on their European path. The 2021 report reflects the political reality in Serbia with a particular focus on the importance of ongoing reforms and alignment,” EU rapporteur for the Balkans, Vladimir Bilcik (MEP), said.

As far as Kosovo goes, the EU members were urged to adopt a visa-free regime for Kosovo, warning that more delays would undermine the Union’s credibility and reputation as a reliable partner. The report “reconfirms unequivocal support for the EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and reiterates the importance of achieving a comprehensive, legally binding normalisation agreement, which is crucial for both countries to advance on their respective European paths and which will contribute to regional stability and prosperity,” the report said, adding that Kosovo’s independence is irreversible.

“Kosovo has continuously proven its commitment to advance on EU-related reforms and has positioned itself as a very reliable partner, deeply anchored in the European and transatlantic alliance. Unfortunately, the EU has failed to deliver on our own promise to provide long-overdue visa-free travel to the citizens of Kosovo,” rapporteur Viola von Cramon is quoted as saying.

(Sputnik News, N1, 14.06.2022)






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