Dear friends from civil society and businesses in Kosovo,
The Commission plans to adopt its next Enlargement package in spring 2019, including the Country Reports for the Western Balkans countries and Turkey. The reporting period covered by the Country Reports will be March 2018 until February 2019 as regards political developments and reforms.
On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) reiterate their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The death penalty is an affront to human dignity. It constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is contrary to the right to life. The death penalty has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible.
Both in New York and Brussels this week, the EU is working with the Western Balkans partners to accelerate reforms and the integration process, including through promoting effective regional cooperation.