The EU Special Envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, assessed on Monday night that ten years since the parties moved to the negotiating table, important agreements have been reached on the people, the stability of the Western Balkans and the European integration of the region.
“These agreements made a real difference for the people of Kosovo and Serbia, for the stability of the Western Balkans, and for the European aspirations of the entire region”, Lajcak wrote on Twitter, with photos from the dialogue meetings.
10 years after the Parties sat down in Brussels for the first time, the Dialogue brought about important agreements. They made a real difference for people in both Kosovo and Serbia, for the stability of the Western Balkans, and for the European aspirations of an entire region. pic.twitter.com/eVMvTgdolg
— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) March 8, 2021
The Belgrade and Pristina delegations met in Brussels for the first time on 8 March 2011 in the framework of an EU-mediated technical dialogue.
For the next 10 years, the dialogue went through various phases, but also an exclusion. The negotiators and the forms have changed and among the agreements reached, there are still those, with the Association of Serbian Municipalities first and foremost, still awaiting their implementation.
The EU-funded dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina resumed in July 2020, when Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti met in Brussels over the replacement of former President Hashim Thaci after he was accused of war crimes.
Although EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak, at the beginning of his one-year term in April 2020, announced the possibility of reaching a comprehensive agreement in the coming months, the EU is currently working to extend his mandate so that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina can continue next year./ibna