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Minister Çollaku held a speech at LSE in London regarding Kosovo’s EU integration process after seven years of independence

February 25, 2015

London, 25 February 2015 – Today in London, Minister for European Integration, Mr. Bekim Çollaku had a public discussion at the “London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE” university that was titled “Kosovo’s EU integration process after seven years of independence; what’s next? “In front of an audience that consisted of students and academics of this prestigious university, Balkan experts, and journalists. The Minister spoke about the achievements of the Republic of Kosovo in the reform process and underlined the aspiration of Kosovo to speed up the process of European integration. The Minister stressed that this process at this stage should be finalized with the establishment of a contractual framework between the EU and Kosovo in order to deepen and expand the integration agenda that will be achieved by signing and then implementing the SAA. This will affect the institutional approximation but it will also have an impact on improvement of the lives of citizens. The Minister also stated the need for quicker visa liberalization for citizens of the Republic of Kosovo based on the work that was conducted in meeting the criteria foreseen by the roadmap.

Among other things, the Minister stated that: “There is no doubt that during these seven years, Kosovo has made a significant progress, starting from the consolidation of institutions, capacity building, infrastructure development, maintained an economic growth, concluded the international supervision and secured recognition and membership in international organizations. Kosovo has also made substantial progress in expanding the cooperation with EU.” Whereas regarding next steps, Minister Çollaku spoke about the need for recognition from the five EU member countries which have not yet recognized Kosovo, a step which on one side will reinforce the integration process but it will also affect the acceleration of the reform process and improvement of prosperity and stability in Kosovo and in the region. The Minister also stated that: “There is no doubt that Kosovo has great potential for further transformation, and EU should see Kosovo as a place for investment, trade and business opportunity.

Minister Çollaku also spoke about the priorities of the government in the field of economy, employment and fight against irregular migration. He also emphasized the commitment of institutions in fighting corruption, organized crime and extremism.

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