The delegation of the Republic of Kosovo, led by Minister for dialogue Edita Tahiri, stood yesterday in Brussels to attend the meeting of the technical dialogue regarding the process of implementing some of the agreements in which have been stagnations and delays in the process. This meeting was a continuation of talks started on 28 and 29 September, in which there had been some progress, but it was estimated the need to specify further steps towards accelerating the implementation process.
The delegation of the Republic of Kosovo, led by Minister for dialogue Edita Tahiri, stood yesterday in Brussels to attend the meeting of the technical dialogue regarding the process of implementing some of the agreements in which have been stagnations and delays in the process. This meeting was a continuation of talks started on 28 and 29 September, in which there had been some progress, but it was estimated the need to specify further steps towards accelerating the implementation process. The main topics were the Free Movement, diplomas, the functioning of the Liaison Offices and the return of cadastral documents from Serbia. The talks were mediated by the EU respectively Service for Foreign Affairs of the European Union.
The main topic was freedom of movement, namely the implementation of reciprocity in matters of vehicle registration plates. Minister Edita Tahiri on this occasion reaffirmed the position of the Government of Kosovo to apply reciprocity on the issue of vehicle registration plates where she announced that the deadline will be the end of October. Minister Tahiri among others stressed that the Kosovo side has decided to use the right of reciprocity provided by agreement of free movement of 2011, adding that if Serbia does not remove the tables ” test ” for vehicles of Kosovo with registration tables’ RKS ” Kosovo will apply reciprocal measures against vehicles from Serbia. Also, she said that this reciprocity will include administrative fees for these plates and entry – exit document for the citizens of Serbia. Facilitating free movement in the interest of citizens, therefore Serbia should have done so by removing these obstacles, but if it does not happen, then we will be compelled to apply reciprocity she said.
On the issue of mutual recognition of university diplomas between the two countries, in the last meeting an agreement was reached which paves the way of unblocking implementation of the agreement for diplomas of 2011, but that Serbia never implemented. At yesterday’s meeting was agreed that implementation began in late October and according to the agreement for a period of 5 months should be recognized all diplomas that are pending recognition, about 400 of them. At the same time, Kosovo will make recognition of 14 diplomas that are pending. Novelty of this agreement is that the recognition of degrees has expanded, so in addition to recognition of diplomas for undergraduate (bachelor, master and doctorate), will be recognized diplomas of high schools and vocational schools / qualification at all levels, according to European standards. In this meeting, Minister Tahiri raised the issue of blocking tendency of Serbia for the textbooks that Kosovo government sent to the Albanians of Presevo Valley, stressing that cooperation on issues of knowledge and education is in everyone’s interest, and considered as a sign of no civilization blockades of Serbia, stressing that it will be applied reciprocity by the Kosovo party.
On the issue of the return of cadastral documents from Serbia, it was stated that Kosovo should as soon as possible adopt the law on the technical Agency for comparison and verification of the property, because it will open the way for the return of cadastral documents that Serbia has taken during the war. Also, it was requested by Serbia to accelerate the process of preparation for their return.
Whereas, under negotiation for Liaison Offices in both countries, it was agreed to increase the spaces and their staff, which the EU pledged to provide more space for them, given that the liaison offices are within EU offices in both countries. Also, there was an agreement to have a better cooperation between the liaison officers and the respective governments of the host countries, and facilitations in the treatment of requests for visits, provided that the officials that make visits to other state to respect the principles of Brussels dialogue for normalization of relations between the two countries. In this context, there will intensification of efforts that the Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, to formally receive in a meeting the Serbian liaison officer in Kosovo and Serbian Prime Minister Mr Vucic to receive liaisson oficer of the Republic of Kosovo in Serbia.
The delegation of the Republic of Kosovo, headed by Minister for dialogue Edita Tahiri, was composed of: Dren Zeka, chief political adviser to Minister Edita Tahiri and coordinator of the dialogue, Driton Gashi, General Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Kreshnik Gashi, Secretary General of the MFA Xhelal Shaqiri, political director of the MFA, Valdet Sadiku, Ambassador LO in Serbia Qemajl Marmullakaj, the OSP Director and coordinator of the dialogue.