Germany Urges for Comprehensive Kosovo-Serbia Deal, Crucial for EU Membership

Kosovo and Serbia’s EU membership, and the region’s stability depend on a comprehensive and viable agreement between the two countries, according to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement comes after EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak’s several meetings on Tuesday with German high officials ahead of the resumption of the EU-led dialogue.

Lajcak had separate meetings with President Steinmeier, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and Chancellor Merkel’s Foreign Policy Adviser Jan Hecker in Berlin to discuss the dialogue.

French President Macron and Chancellor Merkel will co-host a virtual Kosovo-Serbia summit on July 10 before the dialogue resumes on July 12 in Brussels, hosted by EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell and facilitated by Lajcak.

On Tuesday, France also demanded that mutual recognition be included in the dialogue.

The foreign ministry emphasized that the Western Balkans are high on the agenda of Germany’s EU Council Presidency. Stability and good development in the Western Balkans are of vital importance to Europe.

Maas praised Lajcak’s ambitious goals for the dialogue, and urged for fast visible progress for people in the region.