Kosovo's European Road and the EU Role in Improving Relations with Serbia

Jeta Goxha
2018 Urban Studies and Public Administration  
<p>Compared to other Western Balkan countries, the Kosovo case is of particular importance, on the one hand, by the fact that it is the youngest state in the region and, on the other hand, the integration of Western Balkan countries could not be sustained without resolution of Kosovo's status.</p><p>This paper aims to analyze the progress made in the relations between the two countries. The normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is an important factor in regional co-operation, as
more » ... l co-operation, as well as an important condition for stabilizing the Balkans.</p><p>To make possible the realization of this objective Kosovo has undertaken a number of initiatives, which could facilitate the process of European integration. National Strategy for European Integration aims at supporting Kosovo's aspirations for membership and EU integration, so that by 2020 Kosovo may have "completed its homework" for EU integration.</p>Following the declaration of independence, Kosovo's main objective is Euro-Atlantic integration. Mainly, the journey towards the EU has been influenced by a number of factors, such as the overall situation, the political situation in the country, and the close relationship between Kosovo and Serbia. Following the signing on 19 April 2013 of the historic agreement by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci on the Kosovo side and Ivica Dacic on the Serbian side, the situation between the two countries apparently "improved". But what is different is the fact that this agreement was implemented thanks to the influence of EU representatives after a series of failed attempts.
doi:10.22158/uspa.v1n2p252 fatcat:w2kgkux7bfhaloichbdks2mei4