PACE recommends Kosovo to join Council of Europe

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Political Affairs Committee meeting in Paris recommended that Kosovo be invited to become a member of the Council of Europe (CoE).

The information was posted by PACE on the X social network.

Kosovo Deputy Foreign Minister Kreshnik Ahmeti confirmed in a post on Facebook that the vote in the PACE Political Affairs Committee was successful for Kosovo.

“The opinion of Rapporteur Bakoyannis has just been approved by the Council of Europe Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. This opinion recommends Kosovo’s membership in the Council of Europe without any additional conditions. None of the commitments Kosovo must undertake are required to be realized before membership,” wrote Ahmeti.

Ahmeti said the opinion requests the removal of the Kosovo footnote and recommends that Kosovo be invited as a state, not as a country.

The next step is a plenary debate – due on 18th April – and a vote by the full Assembly on its statutory Opinion, said PACE in the post on X.

Serbia’s outgoing First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said the PACE’s decision to recommend that Kosovo be invited to join the Council of Europe (CoE) is shameful and scandalous.

The decision tramples on all the principles on which the Council of Europe rests, because this is the first time the admission of a territory that is not a member of the United Nations and is not internationally recognized has been proposed, Dacic said in a written statement.

He underlines that the decision violates Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and is yet another proof of the collapse and demise of international law.

(, 28.03.2024)


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