Direct order from the European Parliament: It is not time for Kosovo to apply to the EU
The intention of the Kurti government for Kosovo to apply within this year for the status of a candidate country of the European Union, is not seen as a proper action by the supporter of Kosovo in the European Parliament, Viola von Cramon. When she presented the report on Kosovo yesterday, she emphasized that it is not the moment for Kosovo to aim for application to the EU due to five non-recognising states.
The rapporteur for Kosovo in the European Parliament, Viola von Cramon, held a press conference in this institution on the content of the report on Kosovo for 2021. This report, among other things, calls for Kosovo and Serbia to reach an agreement based on mutual recognition and the same was approved by an overwhelming majority of MEPs.
However, in the text of this report, Von Cramon said that they emphasized the support for Kosovo’s membership in the Council of Europe, but not the intention of the Kurti government to apply for membership in the EU, Rhewal reports.
“We have also included full support for Kosovo’s application for membership in the Council of Europe. However, we have made a clear distinction between the application in the EU, where we have said that it is not the right time because of the issue of non-recognition[5 shteteve mosnjohëse] it would increase internal expectations which we would have to manage later and I said this in Kosovo when I was present there”, said Von Cramon.
The report reiterates the call to the EU Council to liberalize visas for Kosovars.
Prime Minister Albin Kurti has mentioned on several occasions that Kosovo will apply within 2022 for the status of a candidate country of the European Union.
However, out of the 27 member states of the EU, five states do not recognize the independence of Kosovo: Greece, Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Cyprus.
Kosovo applied for membership in the Council of Europe on May 12. The application at the headquarters of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of Kosovo, Donika Gërvalla.
The application of Kosovo was not included in the agenda of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe that was held on May 20. Now the hopes for reviewing the application are in the next meeting, which is next year./Express newspaper/