Solution of the issue of Kosovo is not the only prerequisite for Serbia

Solution of the issue of Kosovo is not the only prerequisite for Serbia

The solution of the issue of Kosovo is not the only prerequisite for Serbia’s EU integration path.

This was declared by the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn. Hahn has declared that the implementation of reforms in the rule of law, human rights and better governance remain key criteria for the process of enlargement.

Hahn has stressed that the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker has made it clear that no new member state can join the EU without first addressing bilateral issues.

“For Serbia, this means that it’s necessary to immediately reach a legally binding agreement with Pristina. Many politicians seem to think that the solution of the Kosovo issue is the only condition that Serbia needs to deliver, but this is not the case. The implementation of reforms in the rule of law, human rights and better governance remain key criteria for the process of enlargement”, Hahn said.

Hahn has not given an answer as to when the final agreement between Belgrade and Pristina for the correction of borders is expected to be reached, saying that the EU does not speculate over possible elements of a final legally binding agreement.

However, he has declared that the EU fully supports dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and that a final agreement would mean a sustainable and realistic solution in line with international law. /ibna/