Kosovo parliament to ratify SAA today

Kosovo parliament to ratify SAA today

Pristina, 2 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo’s parliament is expected to ratify today the bill on the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union.

Parliament has decided to hold today’s session without the presence of the opposition, which for almost two months, has been blocking proceedings.

Opposition parties have said that they will not block the voting process for the ratification of SAA, but they will not be present in the voting.

According to them, the Stabilization and Association Agreement has many flaws and among others, it considers Kosovo not as a state, but with a footnote and without the term “Republic” in it.

The Serb List is also envisaging boycott. This list has 11 MPs in parliament and without their support, the necessary 81 votes for the ratification of this international agreement, will not be secured.

Meanwhile, speaker of parliament, Kadri Veseli has addressed Self Determination, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo through an open letter last night, to participate this important event for the state.

He called on the three political opposition parties to offer their contribution in order for Kosovo to make steps forward.

Minister of European Integration, Bekim Collaku, has invited opposition MPs to attend this session.

He said that the presence of everyone in this session, which will discuss SAA, is very important because this is a very important agreement.

Collaku believes that nobody in Kosovo must damage the European agenda.

Experts of political affairs in Pristina say that the opposition’s decision not to ratify the agreement is not a good tactic.

Analyst Vilhard Shala told IBNA that when it comes to Euro Atlantic processes, the opposition must be present in parliament.

“SAA is an important agreement, through which for the first time, Kosovo enters contractual relations with the EU. Opposition and majority must unite when it comes to national interests. Personal grudges and political clashes damage the European future of the country”, Shala says. /ibna/