Maja Kocijancic, the spokeswoman of the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, has explained Wednesday the EU position on Trepca mining complex, a day after she told media in Belgrade that ownership of this industrial giant of Kosovo should be addressed during Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.
Kocijancic said on Wednesday that Kosovo and Serbia decide the agenda and topics in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue facilitated by the EU. “As regards to whether Trepca is part of the dialogue, the European Union, as facilitator of the process was always clear that the dialogue agenda is set by Belgrade and Pristina. We do not comment on topics they do not want to discuss. They bring to the negotiation table issues they consider are open and have to agree on whether to discuss certain topics or not, in order to reach a legally binding agreement on all open issues,” Kocijancic said. She said the aim of dialogue is solving all open issues between Kosovo and Serbia. “Without a full and comprehensive normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, facilitated by the EU, there can be no long-term stabilisation in the region. The comprehensive legally-binding agreement on normalisation is crucial for Kosovo and Serbia to move forward towards European path,” Kocijancic said.
The European Commission spokesperson made the explanation after strong reaction in Kosovo following publication of the news that the European Union considers the “Trepca issue” should be solved through dialogue. The Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said the EU’s position in Trepca is unacceptable. Kosovo leaders and MPs called on the Government to stop communication with the EU on dialogue, until the Brussels position on Trepca is fully explained.