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Conference on the priorities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union

May 11, 2016

Prishtine, 11 May 2016 – Ministry of European Integration in cooperation with the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Republic of Kosovo held a conference on priorities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with special focus on the Western Balkans and Kosovo. At the same time, it was discussed about the priorities of the forthcoming presidency of the Slovak Republic.

Upon his opening remarks of this conference, Minister of European Integration, Mr. Bekim Çollaku, stressed that thanks to the support of the EU Member States and its Institutions, we witnessed a positive transformation in all countries and societies of the Western Balkans.

Minister Çollaku emphasized that Kosovo will be focused on the implementation of reforms envisaged in the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

“In this regard, I assure you that the institutions of Kosovo will use the SAA as a platform to prepare the country for the next step in the European integration process. Our goal is to apply and obtain the status of candidate country for membership in the European Union within this mandate of the EU institutions. I am convinced that if we manage to keep the pace of reforms and European course of the country, with the support of the citizens of Kosovo on one hand, and EU Member States and Institutions on the other hand, we will achieve this goal “, stated Minister Çollaku.

On the other hand, Dutch Ambassador to Kosovo Mrs. Gerrie Willems, stated that Netherlands has been and will remain a partner of Kosovo’s European path and will remain focused on the Western Balkans.

“We focus on the respect of EU values, such as respect of law and fundamental rights. The implementation of the SAA will be an impetus of Kosovo towards the EU approximation. Commitment, completeness and implementation of reforms are important elements towards EU approximation. Communication with the citizens remains essential in this process”, concluded Willems.

In this conference, it was also discussed about the priorities of the forthcoming Presidency of the Slovak Republic of the Council of EU which will take place as of 1 July.

To discuss on this issue, the panel was attended by the head of the Slovak Liaison Office in Kosovo Mr. Lubomir Batary.

“Hereby, I would like to congratulate Kosovo on recent important achievements on its path towards Europe. Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) entered into force on 1st of April, and only a few days ago the European Commission recommended visa liberalization. However, this is not the end but only the beginning of a new phase, implementation phase, which requires undertaking of other steps and efforts. I highly appreciate that SAA implementation is currently in the focus of many government and non-governmental actors. The EU and member states, including Slovakia, are ready to assist in this process”, stated Mr. Batary.

Other distinguished panellists were Mr. Samuel Zbogar, Head of the EU Office in Kosovo and Ms. Njomza Emini, chairwoman of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration.


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