Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti submitted his country’s application to join the European Union to the Czech presidency.
At the ceremony held at the government building in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, Corti submitted his membership application to the Czech Minister for European Union Affairs Mikolas Beck.
Kurti, at the press conference, assessed the request as a historic day for Kosovo and a great day for democracy in Europe.
“We have come to Prague to reaffirm Kosovo’s unwavering commitment to the EU’s core values of freedom, democracy, human rights, equality and the rule of law (in the EU) by applying for membership,” said Albin Kurti. He said.
Minister Bek stated that they would support Kosovo’s EU membership process and said, “We appreciate Kosovo’s achievements so far. We are fulfilling one of our priorities during our presidency because in the past six months we have attached exceptional importance to issues related to the Western Balkans.” He said.
Prime Minister Kurti also met with Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky as part of his visit to Prague.
It is expected that the Czech Republic, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, will notify member states of Kosovo’s request next week.
The independence of Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, is not recognized by 5 EU countries (Spain, Romania, Greece, Greek Cyprus, Slovakia).
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