Gnocchi: Violence and boycott do not bring Kosovo closer to the EU

Gnocchi: Violence and boycott do not bring Kosovo closer to the EU

Pristina, 12 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In the opening ceremony of the twinning project with the Hungarian parliament “Further support for the parliament of Kosovo”, Thomas Gnocchi of the EU office in Kosovo said that violence and boycott in parliament do not make Kosovo an independent country and they do not bring it closer to the European Union.

He said that the opposition must come back to the political life as its absence in parliament damages the functioning of the state and is against European practices, while demanding from the opposition to give up on violence.

“Neither the violence being used in parliament nor its boycotting will bring Kosovo closer to the EU. They will neither improve the rule of law, nor will they help in the fight against corruption and organized crime. Even less do they help in the development of the economy and the creation of new jobs. Violence and boycott do not make Kosovo independent and sovereign. This is why we hope that the opposition will come back to the political and institutional life of the country and will use all means and instruments that the law allows to articulate their discontent”, Gnocchi said.

On the other hand, Gnocchi also said that the EU invites the majority to engage in sincere dialogue with the opposition parties. /balkaneu.com/