The German government is ready to support Kosovo’s membership bid to the Council of Europe according to Knut Abraham, a German MP.
On Twitter, Abraham confirmed he had reached out to the German government and received a positive response to his question about Kosovo’s membership to the CoE.
“The Federal Government’s answer to my question about #Kosovo membership in #Europarat is very encouraging. Now #GER should proactively support Kosovo’s application to the Council of Europe. European politicians from different factions support this,” he wrote.
Die Antwort der Bundesregierung auf meine Frage zur Mitgliedschaft von #Kosovo im #Europarat ist sehr ermutigend. Jetzt sollte #GER proaktiv die Bewerbung Kosovos im Europarat unterstützen. Europapolitiker unterschiedlicher Fraktionen unterstützen dies. @FrankSchwabe pic.twitter.com/4ba2VsT5BH
— Knut Abraham, MdB (@Knut_Abraham) May 4, 2022
Abraham’s tweet is accompanied by a letter featuring the signature of Andreas Michaelis who serves as the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office.
“It is important that we remain in close coordination with our partners in the European Union and in the Council of Europe,” says the letter distributed by MP Abraham.
In March, the European Stability Initiative (ESU), a Berlin-based think tank, urged Kosovo to apply for membership in the Council of Europe (CoE) following Russia’s suspension from decision-making in the organization.
The think tank argued that Kosovo has all the vote it needs to join the organization, given that 34 of its 46 members recognize Kosovo’s independence.
In April, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said that the country will be applying for membership to the Council of Europe.