Press release: support to the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina
Key MEPs warmly support the efforts by President Vučić of Serbia and President Thaçi of Kosovo to reach a comprehensive normalisation agreement within the framework of international law.
David McAllister (EPP, Germany), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament and Rapporteur on Serbia, and Igor Šoltes (Greens/EFA, Sloveniai), Rapporteur on Kosovo, met with Federica Mogherini, High Representative / Vice President, on 5 September 2018. At the end of the meeting, Mr. McAllister and Mr Šoltes said:
“The dialogue between President Thaçi and President Vučić on reaching a comprehensive normalisation agreement is extremely important for the future of Kosovo and Serbia and for the stability of the whole of the Western Balkans. We would like to warmly support their efforts, as well as those deployed by High Representative / Vice President Federica Mogherini over the last few years to try to reach an agreement which is viable, sustainable, in line with international law and for the benefit of the whole region.
We know how challenging these discussions can be, yet a positive outcome could unlock the path towards EU membership and would cement good neighbourly relations. Such an agreement by mutual consent would be a historical achievement and we, in the European Parliament, remain fully committed to provide all our support to the two Presidents and to the High Representative / Vice President, to ensure a successful outcome.”
Note to the editors
On 9 October 2018, the Committee on Foreign Affairs will vote on two parliamentary reports: “Report on the 2018 Commission Report on Kosovo” and “Report on the 2018 Commission Report on Serbia”. These are expected to be adopted by the full House before the end of the year.