European Parliament to discuss SAA with Kosovo today

European Parliament to discuss SAA with Kosovo today

Pristina, 20 January 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In today’s session, the European Parliament will hold a debate on the Stabilization and Association Agreement, which was achieved last October between the European Union and Kosovo.

Deputy speaker of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek will present before MEPs the importance of this document for Kosovo.

She hopes that the European Parliament will offer its consent for the Stabilization and Association Agreement, which is expected to be voted on Thursday.

In fact, the spirit that will accompany this debate will be the one to determine Thursday’s voting on January 21.

In its content, the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Kosovo is not the same as with other Balkan countries, which aspire integration in the EU.

This agreement has not been signed by EU member countries and is not sent for ratification. This way, the voting of this agreement by the European Parliament will make it fully effective.

The Stabilization and Association Agreement’s text is neutral toward Kosovo’s status. But, the deputy speaker of the European Parliament, Lunacek, has warned that in the agreement’s document, Parliament is not neutral toward the status of Kosovo and that there will not be a footnote.

In spite of its design, this is not expected to prevent the implementation of the agreement, allowing Kosovo to benefit from this contractual agreement with the European Union. /ibna/