Hahn: Economic development of Kosovo is a priority of the EU

Hahn: Economic development of Kosovo is a priority of the EU

Pristina, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Current EU commissioner for Regional Policies, Johannes Hahn, who in the next EU Commission will be responsible for good neighboring policies and accession negotiations, declared in a hearing in front of the European Parliament that he will work in order to help Balkan countries to meet their accession criteria.

Hahn pledged that in his next five year term in office, he will promote regional cooperation, especially dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

Hahn also said that he will work for the development of infrastructure in the region and that this is a shortcoming as far as railways and roads are concerned.

Asked if he wanted Kosovo to be recognized by the five remaining EU countries or for Kosovo to build relations like Taiwan, Hahn said that this comparison cannot be made and that Kosovo is a priority.

“I don’t think we can compare Kosovo to Taiwan. Kosovo is in Europe and has a European perspective. We can help Kosovo to be economically developed and this must be high in our priorities. Kosovars are poor and we must help this country to be developed”, said Hahn. /ibna/