President Jahjaga received EU Commissioner Mr. Johannes Hahn

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, received today European Commission’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Hahn, with whom she discussed the latest developments in the country, signing and the ratification of the Stabilisation-Association Agreement, dialogue process between Republic of Kosovo and Republic of Serbia, evaluator report on visa liberalisation and establishment of Special Court.

President Jahjaga stated that signing of the Stabilisation-Association Agreement is welcomed in the Republic of Kosovo, as proof of advancements in fulfilment of conditions which strengthens the European future of Kosovo, especially in economic development and proper rule of law and order. She added that institutions of Kosovo ate determined to fulfil its obligations and asked that Kosovo’s path to European Union is as equal as the path of other countries of the region.

President Jahjaga also informed Commissioner Hahn with the fulfilment of visa liberalisation criteria, emphasizing that institutions of Kosovo expect that free movement of Kosovo’s citizens to the Schengen zone countries will be made possible after the positive assessment at the end of the year.

Referring to the political developments in the country, President Jahjaga informed Commissioner Hahn about the meetings held with the government coalition and opposition parties with aim to overcome the political situation in the country. Madam President also pointed out that, in accordance with her competencies, she has reached a decision to request that Constitutional Court provides an interpretation on the conformity of the Principles of the Association of the Municipalities with Serbian Majority with the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, as an institutional path to addressing of grievances.

Madam President also discussed with Commissioner Hahn the dialogue facilitated by the European Union, between Republic of Kosovo and Republic of Serbia, stating that success of this process will depend upon the implementation of the agreements and conditioning of the advancement of Serbia towards it EU membership with disbanding of illegal parallel structures by Belgrade.

President Jahjaga expressed the readiness of the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo to fulfil the remaining international obligations in lieu of the establishment of the Special Court which would address the accusations raised by the Council of Europe report, inclusive of the bilateral agreements between Netherlands and Kosovo on establishment of this court.

Commissioner Hahn congratulated the advancements achieved in Kosovo, signing of the SAA and among others thanked President Jahjaga for her role in addressing of legal migration from Kosovo to European Union countries, which is one of the main arguments of the positive decision on visa liberalisation for Kosovo. 

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