Kosovo’s government announced this week that it will apply to be a candidate for membership in the European Union.
Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said at the cabinet meeting that Kosovo ranks first in the region in terms of rule of law, freedom and democracy.
Kurti said that Kosovo is the last country in the Western Balkans to apply for EU membership and that it will apply for EU membership this week.
Prime Minister Kurti stated that the EU called for the acceleration of the membership process in the joint statement published within the framework of the EU-Western Balkans summit held last week in Tirana, the capital of Albania.
Corti said it was time to convert potential candidate status to official candidate status and said: “We are entering a new phase in our relations with the European Union. This is in line with the wishes of our citizens, who deeply believe that our future lies in the European Union, as well as in the democratic nations with which we share common values such as freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.” He said.
Emphasizing that Kosovo is ready for EU membership, Kurti said, “The European Union is a place of peace, security, equality and prosperity. That is why the Republic of Kosovo naturally has a place in this common house.” He said.
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