President Thaçi in Brussels: The new EU leadership to demonstrate of being a stable partner of the region

Brussels, December 03, 2019 – The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, is staying in Brussels today, where he is attending the annual conference on Western Balkans organized by “Friends of Europe”.

During the panel on the relations between the Westerns Balkans and the European Union, President Thaçi declared that Kosovo and the region are on a political and historical crossroad.

President Thaçi stressed that the clear European perspective is key to guarantee long-term peace and stability in the region. He added that the new leadership of the European Union should demonstrate vision, courage and leadership, keeping the promises to the Western Balkan states and to demonstrate of being a stable partner of the states of the region.

The postponement and delay of EU enlargement, according to President Thaçi, is in fact an invitation to a new disorder in the Balkans.

“While the Strategy for Enlargement of the European Union with the Western Balkans created the belief that the EU is giving decisive impetus to the goal of Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to integrate into the EU, the events that followed disproved us all”, said President Thaçi.

Speaking about Kosovo’s European perspective, President Thaçi gave arguments that visa liberalization for Kosovo should happen as soon as possible, since Kosovo has met all the criteria and the citizens of Kosovo are being unfairly isolated.

President Thaçi also said that the agreement between Kosovo and Serbia must bring recognition for Kosovo and a clear perspective on the Euro-integration path.