President Osmani at the Brdo-Brioni Summit: It is a strategic interest for Kosovo to be granted candidate status by the European Union

The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, delivered a speech at the annual meeting of regional leaders within the Brdo-Brioni Process. In her joint session speech, she emphasized that Kosovo is determined to continue dynamic reforms that further strengthen democracy, support the rule of law, and improve living standards for all citizens, regardless of their background.

While our application for membership in the Council of Europe is under consideration by the Parliamentary Assembly, it is important for Kosovo to move forward with candidate status in the EU, in line with the EU’s commitment to membership perspective for all Western Balkan states.

Since the last meeting of this process, President Osmani highlighted that Kosovo has made significant progress in various aspects.
“Kosovo is a reliable partner, a good neighbour and a hardworking partner. Therefore, the opportunity for greater mobility of our citizens in the Schengen area is also a great opportunity to prove this to everyone in the EU”, emphasized President Osmani. In this context, she mentioned progress in international indices related to combating crime and corruption, human rights, the area of information technology, etc.
In a part of her speech, addressing this year’s summit topic, President Osmani also talked about the effects of climate change and stated that Kosovo is committed to its green future. She said that the green transition is a good opportunity for job generation, increased productivity and energy security.
Regarding the perspective of Kosovo’s youth, President Osmani mentioned that more than half of Kosovo’s population is under 30 years old, and therefore, in her opinion, building an environment where opportunities for social and economic development are readily available is a priority so that they can build their future in Kosovo.

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