Kukan: Kosovo and Bosnia should not expect positive report from EC

A member of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the European Parliament and longtime chairman of the Committee for Cooperation with Western Balkans countries, Eduard Kukan, said that Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina should not have their hopes up when it comes to the European Commission’s reports.

According to him, in Kosovo, the rule of law and economic aspects still remain an issue, while the normalization of relations with Serbia is stagnating, with occasional tensions on both sides – RTK reports. The European Commission believes that reforms in Kosovo have been slowed down due to the elections last year in Kosovo.

On the eve of the release of the progress report for the six Western Balkans countries, which is due to take place on 17th April, the EU has announced that its support of the enlargement process will not affect the Union’s assessment of democracy, rule of law, human rights, economy, and compliance with EU standards in each of the six partner countries in the region.

According to the preliminary data from the Commission’s annual report, Albania and Macedonia will receive a recommendation for the launch of EU accession talks.

Early this year, the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker said that if Albania continued with reforms, the Commission would give its recommendations for the start of membership negotiations in the first six months of 2018.

On Thursday, Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday met with the head of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, who briefed him on the draft of the European Commission’s annual report slated for a 17th April release.

Fabrizi announced that EU Foreign Policy and Security Commissioner, Federica Mogherini would soon come to Belgrade to present the annual report. A visit by European Council President Donald Tusk has also been announced for the end of this month as part of preparations for the Sofia summit.

(Danas, 16.04.2018)




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