Bruxelles (Belgique)

Kosovo and the European Union - What next ?

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Policy dialogue with

Ulrike Lunacek
Vice President, European Parliament

Genoveva Ruiz Calavera
Director for Western Balkans
DG Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

Augustin Palokaj
Brussels Correspondent for Koha Group

Fisnik Korenica
Executive Director, Group for Legal and Political Studies, Kosovo

Corina Stratulat
Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre (Moderator)

14.00-15.30 (registration from 13.40)
EPC Conference Centre (3rd floor), Rue du Trône 14-16, 1000 Brussels

Kosovo is making headway in its efforts to draw nearer to the European Union. Just last year, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU entered into force, Pristina adopted a list of priorities – the so-called European Reform Agenda – meant to help the implementation of the SAA, and the European Commission proposed visa liberalisation for Kosovo. In parallel, since the beginning of the EU-mediated talks between Pristina and Belgrade in 2011, the two sides have reached important agreements aimed at normalising their relations. Kosovo is now eager to advance even further on its EU track. But to do so, it must first deliver on the reform commitments assumed to date. Recent bilateral tensions with Serbia, which brought the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue to an effective halt, as well as the parliamentary impasse reached in the implementation of Kosovo’s border demarcation deal with Montenegro are not helping Kosovo move forward. Moreover, the refusal of five EU member states to recognise Kosovo’s independence continues to call into question Kosovo’s eligibility for EU accession. What are the key legal and political obstacles in the way of Kosovo’s European integration and how can they be overcome ? How can Kosovo ensure meaningful progress on its EU-related reform agenda ? Where does Kosovo stand from a Balkan regional perspective ? What more can the EU do to help Kosovo in its quest for EU membership ?

European Policy Centre
Tel : 02 231 03 40