EU begins association talks with Kosovo

The European Union has launched negotiations for a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo.

The SAA is seen as a crucial treaty, preceding a country’s accession into the EU.

“This is an acknowledgment of Kosovo’s efforts in moving forward key reforms, as well as to their progress in building neighborly relations with Serbia”, commented EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule.

One of the main difficulties for Kosovo to join the EU will be its status. Currently, 5 EU member states have not recognized the former province of Serbia, which declared independence in 2008.

The EU has already signed association agreements with all other West Balkan countries who are not members.

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