Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, after meeting the Speaker of Parliament Kadri Veseli, urged Kosovo MPs to ratify the deal in Parliament on Wednesday. She said that the visit of the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker to Kosovo tomorrow confirms Kosovo’s European perspective.
“Important steps related to the demarcation issue were marked. First, it was the joint declaration of presidents; and secondly, the agreement between almost all political parties reached over the weekend,” said Apostolova during a joint press conference with Veseli. “For the time being these parties support voting of the demarcation, and we are close of solving this issue,” sshe said. Apostolova also noted that it is very important for the demarcation to be ratified on Wednesday. “Don’t waste the chance tomorrow,” she said, referring to the extraordinary Assembly session set to be held on Wednesday on ratification of the border deal with Montenegro.
Apostolova said that ratification of the demarcation brings Kosovo closer to the visa liberalisation with the EU. The Head of the EU Office also reminded Kosovo on the second outsatnding criteria - fighting organised crime and corruption, stating that more need to be done when it comes to fighting organised crime. “But the ratification of the demarcation brings Kosovo closer to lifting of visas, MPs should think of its people and Kosovo’s EU future, the liberalisation opens a possibility for students, businesses, opening of new jobs, and economic development,” she said.
Commenting on the planned visit of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, High Representative Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner Hahn in Kosovo on Wednesday, Apostolova said that the visit confirms Kosovo’s European perspective. /Express