Kosovo marks May 9 with hope and optimism

Kosovo marks May 9 with hope and optimism

Pristina, 9 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo is the only country in the region and also beyond, to mark Europe’s Day-May 9. Through different activities hosted in many cities, citizens of Kosovo will celebrate this day that symbolizes the unification of Europeans. Meanwhile, this has been declared an official holiday.

But, in contrast to other years, the news for the liberalization of visas and the entry in force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement are one reason more to celebrate.

Professor of European law, Arsim Avdijaj told IBNA that although they have been isolated, Kosovars have had faith in the European dream.

“Based on the statistics of the Euro Barometer, the largest number of Europhiles is in Kosovo. Over 90% of Kosovars do not see any other alternative but the accession in the European family. Surprisingly, this high percentage has been existing for years, although Kosovars were isolated and Brussels used double standards for them”, Avdijaj says.

According to him, EU’s decisions for the liberalization of visas and SAA have given more hope to the citizens.

“Young people are thinking on holding study visits to EU member countries, while producers and business people are increasing their investments in order to penetrate and compete in European markets. The hope for a new perspective has grown among all citizens of the country”, Avdijaj says.

Professor of European law, Avni Mazrreku told IBNA that Brussels has made its move and now it’s up to the state institutions to meet the criteria set out by the European Commission.

“It will be a long process. What’s important is for us to focus on the reforms and obligations set out by the European Commission. Integration is not a scope in itself. European integration is an internal process of transformation, through which institutions and society build European values and principles”, Mazrreku says. /balkaneu.com/