23 April 2015
Pristina – ESI at public debate on Kosovo's European Perspective
Augustin Palokaj – Gerald – Bekim Çollaku – Samuel Žbogar – Venera Hajrullahu – Gjeraqina Tuhina. Click the play button for a full audio recording of the event. Gerald Knaus' intervention is from minute 29 to minute 42

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a public debate on Kosovo's European Perspective together with Bekim Çollaku, Minister of European Integration, Perspective from the Ministry of European Integration, Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Kosovo, Samuel Žbogar, Head of the European Union Office in Kosovo and the European Union Special Representative in Kosovo, and Venera Hajrullahu, Director, Kosovar Civil Society Foundation.

Though initialed in July 2014, the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Commission has not been signed yet. Its signing is expected to take place during this year, and its entry into force during the next one. Seen through formal lenses, the Agreement's signing would end uncertainties concerning Kosovo's future European perspective, as naturally the application for membership follows SAA completion. But Kosovo cannot do so under non-recognition terms. The question therefore is how to use best the SAA to advance economic development, trade exchange, increased administrative capacity and EU funds absorption, to prepare best for the formal opportunity for EU integration, without waiting for the formal status.

Augustin Palokaj and Gjeraqina Tuhina opened the discussion by presenting findings of the analysis Kosovo and the Changes in the EU of 2014 along with an analytical update based on the current state of affairs between Kosovo and the EU.

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Augustin Palokaj – Gerald – Bekim Çollaku – Samuel Žbogar. Photo: ESI
Augustin Palokaj – Gerald – Bekim Çollaku – Samuel Žbogar. Photo: ESI
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