Kosovo to signal EU membership software on Wednesday – EURACTIV.com


Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani, Prime Minister Albin Kurti, and Parliament Speaker Glauk Konjufca will collectively signal the appliance for EU membership on Wednesday, marking the primary formal step on the nation’s membership path.

With Bosnia and Herzegovina anticipated to be granted EU potential candidate standing within the coming days, Kosovo stays the one nation within the Western Balkans that has not taken any steps in direction of becoming a member of the bloc.

On Wednesday night time, Osmani’s workplace made the official announcement that “The Republic of Kosovo will formally apply for European Union membership.”

At a authorities assembly in Pristina earlier within the day, Kurti mentioned the appliance could be filed within the coming days.

“As you realize, we’re the final nation within the Western Balkans that’s making use of for the European Union, though we’re the primary nation on this area for the rule of regulation, freedom and democracy,” declared Kurti.

In line with him, the time has come for the potential candidate standing, “which was identified to us a very long time in the past, to formally flip it right into a candidate standing, transferring to a brand new part of relations with the European Union”.

However the highway to the EU isn’t anticipated to be easy for the area’s youngest nation. A complete of 5 EU member states – Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Romania and Slovakia – don’t settle for its independence, declared in 2008 from Serbia. 

Different member states could harbour issues over granting the standing as a consequence of shut relations with Serbia, but additionally as a consequence of points referring to ongoing tensions between the 2 nations.

Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, declared independence in 2008, a decade after the bloody Kosovo Conflict. Regardless of over a decade of EU and US facilitated dialogue and negotiations aimed toward mutual recognition, relations stay tense and have escalated in current weeks.

Because the weekend, Serbs have arrange blockades on key roads resulting in the Serbian border. Kosovo police have been attacked and shot at and different assaults have been launched on EULEX, an electoral fee web site, and journalists. Belgrade denies it’s behind the blockades and says it’s making an attempt to defuse the state of affairs.

Nevertheless, President Aleksander Vucic has mentioned he’ll ask NATO on Thursday to ship in 1000 Serbian police and navy to Kosovo

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