EU warns Kosovo opposition to end disruption in parliament

EU enlargement commissioner alerts Kosovo opposition members to end disruptive behaviour in parliament not to further hinder country’s integration into 28-nation bloc

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Opposition politicians release tear gas in parliament to prevent session on October 23 2015

Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn said on Friday that disruption of parliament could have bad consequences over the country’s relations with the European Union.

Last week, Kosovo signed a Stabilisation and Association agreement with the EU which was a turnig point for its economic growth.

"If there are no decisions, as the parliament is not able to take decisions, this might have an impact not only in the situation in Kosovo itself but also in other issues that are related to the EU because in some areas we need decisions by the parliament," Hahn told reporters after meeting Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa

Last month, Kosovo opposition protested government's recent EU-sponsored deal with Serbia during a parliament session, setting off tear gas and whistles as they claimed that it is giving the country's Serb-majority areas greater powers.

Hahn said that this event could have negative effects in terms of integration process of the country.

"The speed of moving toward the EU is usually determined by the country itself," he said.

Furthermore, Hahn said that Brussels will support Kosovo, giving 650 million euros ($706 million) until 2020 to improve the rule of law, government, as well as economic advancement

Hahn said that "I hope that the Assembly is not only available for foreign guests."

In August, Serbia and Kosovo came to an agreement over forming Serb-majority areas. Upon the deal, Kosovo's opposition parties strictly condemned the decision.

Kosovo which was a former Serbian district has a population of almost 1.8 million people and had declared its independence in 2008. Although Kosovo is recognised by more than 100 countries, such as the US, UK, France, Germany and Turkey. Serbia, Russia and China have not recognised the country’s independence yet.

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