Group for Legal and Political Studies in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC) have organized a Policy Dialogue on the topic: “Kosovo and the European Union – What next?”, held in 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 were some of the topics discussed during the event. Short presentations and exchanges with the panel were followed by an interactive discussion with the audience.
Ms. Ulrike Lunacek – Vice President, European Parliament
Mr. David Cullen – Head of Unit, D3 – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, DG Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
Mr. Augustin Palokaj – Brussels Correspondent for Koha Group
Mr. Fisnik Korenica – Senior Research Fellow, Group for Legal and Political Studies, Kosovo
Ms. Corina Stratulat – Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre (Moderator)
Venue: EPC Conference Centre (3rd floor), Rue du Trône 14-16, 1000 Brussels