Procedures for the creation of the Association of Serb Communes to be launched

Procedures for the creation of the Association of Serb Communes to be launched

Pristina, 28 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The government of Kosovo is soon expected to initiate the procedures for the creation of the Association of Serb Communes, based on the Brussels agreement.

Deputy Minister of Local Government, Bajram Gecaj, says that in the coming days, Kosovo’s PM, Isa Mustafa will create the group that will analyze the judgment made last December by the Constitutional Court in relation to this association.

That decision stated that several principles of the agreement on the Association signed on 25 August 2015, were not in harmony with the Constitution of Kosovo.

According to Gecaj, a managing team will be formed after this with two Serb members from the north and two from the south, who will work with the Ministry of Local Government and OSCE personnel to draft the statute of the Association.

The Association of Serb Communes stems from the First Agreement of Principles for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia reached in Brussels on 19 April 2013 with the brokerage of the European Union.

This also served as the basis for the drafting of the other agreement for the creation of the Association in August 2015, but its principles were rejected by the Constitutional court, as according to this court, they are against the Constitution.

The issue of the creation of the Association is expected to proceed now with the bylaws.

This Association is expected to have representatives of ten communes inhabited by a Serb majority in Kosovo, but according to the government of Kosovo, they will not be given executive powers.

Lubomir Maric of the Serb List, who is also minister of Local Government in the government of Kosovo, says that “the issue of the creation of the Association has not been completed based on the Brussels’ agreement”.

He also recalls that “the creation of this Association was the first point of the agreement for the governing coalition” that the Serb List signed with the Democratic Party of Kosovo and Democratic League of Kosovo.

According to the expectations of the Serb List, with the elections in Serbia being finalized and once the new government is created, Pristina and Belgrade may take further steps in establishing this body. /