Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said in Belgrade that the establishment of Kosovo armed forces should be a long-term process in line with Kosovo’s Constitution, adding that it does not mean that today’s vote in the Assembly went against the Constitution.
“Our position is clear. The EU agrees with NATO regarding the transformation: it needs to be inclusive, long-term and in line with Kosovo’s Constitution,” Fabrizi said and added that Brussels is calling on Pristina to observe agreements it has already reached with the EU in 2013.
Asked whether today’s vote in the Assembly of Kosovo goes against the Constitution, Fabrizi said it does not.
“I am not saying it goes against the Constitution. I am saying that our position is clear: the process needs to be inclusive, long-term and in line with Kosovo’s Constitution,” he said.
He said the taxes imposed by Pristina on goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina go against the CEFTA and the spirit of SAA.
According to him, European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn also called for taxes to be revoked and suggested the opening of trade negotiations during his last week visit to Belgrade and Pristina.
Fabrizi stated that the EU remains willing to facilitate the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.