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Bislimi to Lajcak- Lift EU measures on Kosovo

February 6, 2024

Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi called European Union envoy Miroslav Lajcak to urgently request the lifting of the measures imposed on Pristina by the EU.

Bislimi said in an X post that the letter lists the efforts that Kosovo made towards requirements for measures to be lifted. “An immediate removal would help us mobilize efforts for accelerated reform progress, create the environment for strengthened regional cooperation and faster integration of the West Balkans 6,” the post said.

It included the full letter which recalled that the EU measures were adopted “when the widespread narrative blamed Kosovo for the escalation in the four northern municipalities in June 2023”. “These measures clearly incentivized Serbia towards radicalization,” it added recalling the arrest of 3 Kosovo policemen by the Serbian police and the Banjska armed incident.

“We have now reached an irrational situation where Kosovo is defending the rule of law while under measures while Serbia continues to fuel radicalism without repercussions. It is self-evident that this unfair singling out of Kosovo also harms the process of normalization with Serbia facing disincentives to formalize and implement the agreement as negotiated,” Bislimi wrote.

The Kosovo government’s measures listed by Bislimi include a mechanism to verify diplomas issued Serbian education system high schools in Kosovo, added subsidies for four majority-Serb north Kosovo municipalities, restoration of the Banjska monastery damaged during the armed incident and a regular dialogue with the Serb community.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/bislimi-to-lajcak-lift-eu-measures-on-kosovo/

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