EU relations with Kosovo*

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  • 16/09/2014
    589 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of freedom of movement arrangement Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of freedom of movement arrangement

    High Representative Catherine Ashton welcomes Belgrade's decision to further extend the freedom of movement arrangements in the coming days to Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport and to an additional five border crossing points in the next two months. This follows previous arrangements already in place at two other border crossing points of Serbia with Hungary and Croatia.

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  • 04/09/2014
    560 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of IBM agreement Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the implementation of IBM agreement

    "In the framework of the EU facilitated dialogue for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, technical work on implementation continued today in Brussels with a meeting on IBM. The two parties agreed on draft layouts of the IBM crossing points."

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  • 24/07/2014
    Commission assesses progress by Kosovo in visa dialogue

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The EU Special Representative (EUSR), who is also Head of the EU Office, offers advice and support to the Government of Kosovo in the political process, provides overall coordination for the EU presence and contributes to the development and consolidation of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Kosovo.

Since 2008, the EU has maintained a Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). This is the largest civilian mission ever deployed under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), part of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

The EU facilitates dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, with the aim of

  • promoting cooperation
  • achieving progress on the path to the European Union
  • improving people's lives.

Since October 2012, High Representative Catherine Ashton has been personally involved in facilitating a High-Level Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which resulted in the historic "First agreement of principles governing the normalisation of relations" reached on 19 April 2013. This agreement and its implementation are a breakthrough in relations between both sides and led to concrete changes on the ground.

In October 2012, the European Commission published a Feasibility Study for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo. Soon after, the two parties started negotiating the agreement.

The European Commission issues an annual Progress Report assessing Kosovo's progress towards the European Union.

* This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence


For further information, see:

- Council conclusions