Ratifying border demarcation with Montenegro, Kosovo moves closer to EU

  • Mihajlo Kopanja
  • 2.4.2018 15:52

On 21 March, Kosovo's parliament ratified the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro after two and a half years of hesitation due to major opposition within the Parliament. The process of ratification was further slowed down by the two-third majority requirement in order for the bill to pass

Opposed to ratification were the parliamentary factions of Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, as well as that of Self-determination party claiming that, if ratified, this deal would lead to the loss of Kosovar territory. The session where the deal was ratified was marked with incidents when Self-Determination deputies used tear gas to prevent the ratification. The vote marks a crucial step in Kosovo`s path to EU accession, one underscored by Juncker`s recent visit during his Western Balkans Tour, and a condition for EU visa liberalization. Facing serious obstacles, Kosovo did eventually fulfill this requisite, but it still has a long way to go on its EU accession path and other, more complicated issues to resolve, including the establishment of the Community of Serb Municipalities, which will further test local and regional political stability .

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