We just concluded the virtual meeting with President [of Serbia Aleksandar] Vučić and Prime Minister [of Kosovo] Avdullah Hoti. I’m glad to say that after the Paris Summit [last Friday] and today’s meeting, the EU-facilitated Dialogue on comprehensive normalisations of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is back on track after 20 months.
I am glad that we are resuming the Belgrade Pristina Dialogue by videoconference, given the circumstances, and I welcome the commitment of both parties. Our aim is clear: to restart serious and intense work on the normalisation of the relations between the two sides.
Today, I’m accompanied by EU Special Representative [for the Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues] Miroslav Lajčák.
The EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will resume in Brussels on Sunday 12 July. High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell will host a high level meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić.
“Demography is destiny” said the sociologist Auguste Comte: the basic idea is that population trends and distributions determine the future of a country or region. Recently, my colleague Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for demography and democracy, provided us with an analysis of the foreseeable consequences of the demographic changes underway in Europe and globally. This work deserves our full attention, because this subject is both central to the Union's internal affairs and for its place in the world.
We need to build a common strategic culture in Europe. If we agree more on how we see the world and the challenges it contains, it will be easier to agree on what to do about them. Given our different histories, this will take time. It requires many discussions among all involved in the shaping of Europe’s foreign policy, both in Brussels and capitals. We need to understand where each of us is coming from; what worries people and why; but also what we have in common.
In April, May and June, the EU delivered to Kosovo 10 ambulance vehicles, 100 hospital beds, 150 infusion pumps, 127 patient monitors, 1.6 million different protective medical gloves, 60.000 FFP2 respiratory masks, 60.000 disposable coveralls, 23.000 face shields, 3.000 protective goggles, 26.000 litres of hand disinfectants, 10.000 sets of bed sheets and 50 boxes for transporting lab samples.
Torture denies the dignity of the human being. Its victims suffer both visible and invisible wounds. And this is still the horrifying reality today. On International Day in support of Victims of Torture, EU High Representative Josep Borrrell states “At a time when the world is joining efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, human rights must remain at the core of our battle. On this day, we give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.”