European Union External Action

Joint Statement by the EU Office/EUSR and OSCE Mission in Kosovo

11/04/2019 - 11:05
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The EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative and the OSCE Mission in Kosovo welcome the joint initiative by the Kosovo Assembly caucus leaders to improve and strengthen the electoral process in Kosovo. Free, fair, transparent and credible election processes are the basis for the democratic functioning of institutions.

To this effect, we welcome the decision of the Assembly to establish an ad hoc parliamentary committee. It is important that this committee will have an advisory group composed of local and internationals experts and stakeholders. The EU and the OSCE will support and assist them in their work.

Strengthening and improving the electoral process is a permanent feature in every democracy and a constant requirement for emerging democracies. In Kosovo, it needs to be based on findings and recommendations from EU Election Observation Missions from previous elections to secure the most democratic elections within the constitutional framework. The engagement of all political parties is crucial for the success of this effort.

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