EU on the decision of the Kosovo Constitutional Court: Both sides to respect the progress made in the ongoing negotiations

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The Kosovo Constitutional Court ruled on Monday night that the government of Avdullah Hoti was illegal and recommended the calling of elections. The government’s decisions, however, are legal, while the EU expects the future Kosovo government to respect the progress made in the dialogue so far.

“We expect Kosovo and Serbia to continue implementing all past agreements and call on both parties to respect progress made in the framework of the ongoing negotiation process of the Comprehensive Agreement” – the EU Spokesperson’s Office said in response to KoSSev’s inquiry as to how will the court’s decision on the illegality of the Kosovan government reflect on the chapters of the comprehensive agreement negotiated and „closed“ so far such as the missing persons and returnees.

They also added that the EU will continue to engage with its interlocutors in Kosovo on the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue.

“For Kosovo and Serbia, their respective European paths go through the Dialogue.”

The EU Spokesperson’s Office revealed that they are awaiting the publication of the decision of the Constitutional Court in full, noting that it is now for the Kosovo institutions to proceed with the appropriate steps in line with the ruling

They also sent a message to Pristina institutions:

“The EU will continue to engage with all in Kosovo to promote the European integration agenda and the necessary reforms. It is particularly important that the 2021 budget is agreed and passed by this Assembly as soon as possible.”

Hoti himself conveyed this request yesterday, alleging that the request actually arrived from the Kosovo business community. Hoti’s call to pass the budget before the dissolution of the assembly was his first public statement after the recent decision of the Kosovo Constitutional Court, which declared the vote of the convicted MP Etem Arifi, who voted in favor of the formation of the government of Avdullah Hoti, as illegal, whereby it was determined that Hoti’s government was not adopted in accordance with the rules because it did not have the required parliamentary majority.

Two top-level meetings and five expert group meetings have been held since the middle of the year as part of the renewed negotiations in Brussels.

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