European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, High Representative Federica Mogherini, and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are set to visit Kosovo on Wednesday at the day when Kosovo Parliament is expected to vote on ratification of the Agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro. Its ratification is one of the last criteria for Kosovo to get visa liberalisation with the EU.
The European Commission’s trio, Juncker, Mogherini, and Hahn, are expected to visit Kosovo on Wednesday as part of their Balkan tour. The three of the EU top officials urged Kosovo to ratify the Agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro, remaining that this is one of the conditions for Kosovo to get visa liberalisation. Their visit in Pristina comes the day country’s Parliament is set to vote the Agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro on an extraordinary session. The Parliament has postponed twice the voting on demarcation due to lack of consensus of political parties to ratify the disputed deal. The opposition is rejecting the deal stating that Kosovo loses territory. Over the weekend ruling parties and opposition party of the LDK reached a consensus to ratify the deal; however they have to convince either ruling coalition allies of Srpska List or opposition party of Vetevendosje who are opposing ratification of the deal.
The Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, after meeting on Tuesday the Speaker of Assembly reiterated that ratification of border demarcation with Montenegro is crucial for visa liberalisations. “MPs should think of Kosovo people, and youth; visa liberalisation opens opportunities for businesses, student, and cultural exchange, leading to new jobs and better living. Kosovo leaders don't miss the opportunity!,” said Apostolova. She also said that the visit of the EC President Juncker confirms Kosovo’s European perspective.