Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Ep Urges Full Eu Recognition of Kosovo

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Ep Urges Full Eu Recognition of Kosovo

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Less than two weeks before the first anniversary of Kosovo's declaration of independence, the European Parliament has recommended that the EU countries that have not yet recognised Kosovo as a new state should do so. The Parliament "encourages those EU member states which have not already done so to recognise the independence of Kosovo," says the resolution adopted, on 5 February in Strasbourg, by the EP's plenary session, with 424 votes in favour, 133 against and 24 abstentions.

Since 17 February 2008, when Kosovo proclaimed independence from Serbia, 22 member states out of the 27 have recognised the former Serbian province as a new state. However, despite constant pressure from other member states as well as the European Parliament, none of the remaining five countries - Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain - plan to follow suite in the near future.

The document drafted by Joost Lagendijk (Greens-EFA, the Netherlands) recalls the EU's willingness to assist the economic and political development of Kosovo through "a clear European perspective". It welcomes the Serbian government's agreement to the deployment throughout the territory of Kosovo of the EULEX mission, stating, however, that transitional arrangements negotiated between the UN and the Serbian government in the so-called six-point plan adopted at the end of last year "will need to be reviewed in the light of developments on the ground, once EULEX has reached full operational capacity".

As of last December, the EU has embarked on fully-fledged deployment of EULEX in Kosovo, including the area dominated by the Serbian minority north of the river Ibar. …

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