Italy wants formation of ZSO to be prerequisite for Kosovo joining Council of Europe

Italy proposed that the formation of the Union of Serbian Municipalities (ZSO) in Kosovo to be a prerequisite for Kosovo joining the Council of Europe, said journalist Augustin Palokaj.

Palokaj, Koha Ditore’s correspondent from Brussels, said that “there were different proposals from the delegations” in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will vote on the draft Opinion recommending Kosovo’s entry into the Council of Europe.

On March 27, the PACE Committee for Political Affairs and Democracy adopted a draft Opinion recommending Kosovo’s entry into the Council of Europe, although Pristina met only one of the three membership conditions – the return of 24 hectares of land to the Visoki Dečani monastery. The other two conditions – formation of the ZSO and review of controversial expropriations of land in the north of Kosovo – are marked in the draft Opinion as “Kosovo’s post-accession obligations”.

Palokaj added that there is a “great chance” that the draft Opinion, which was drawn up by PACE rapporteur Dora Bakoyannis, will be adopted by PACE, which requires the vote of two-thirds of the deputies present.

If the draft Opinion is adopted tomorrow, the final decision on the Kosovo membership rests with the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, who will vote on May 16.

“The destiny of Kosovo’s request for membership will depend on the support of at least two-thirds of the foreign ministers. The Committee of Ministers meets once a year. The next meeting is on May 16 and if Kosovo’s request is not approved then, entry will be delayed for at least a year.” Palokaj said.

(Politika, 16.04.2024)

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