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The high representative of the EU for foreign policy and security, Josep Borrell, will report to the foreign ministers of the European bloc countries regarding the meeting in Ohrid between the prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić.
In this meeting, which took place on March 18 under the mediation of the European Union, the parties reached an agreement on the annex for the implementation of the Agreement towards the normalization of relations.
This agreement, or as it is also known as the European proposal, was accepted by Kosovo and Serbia on February 27, during the round of talks held in Brussels.
"We had long discussions and in the end an agreement which will be considered as an integral part of the European journey for both parties. It will become part of the chapter 35 of the membership negotiations with the EU for Serbia and part of the documents and requests for normalization for Kosovo. We will now closely monitor the implementation. Both sides have expressed that they want to implement it and let's see how they will do it", said Borrell on March 20, before the start of the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU.
About the meeting in Ohrid, North Macedonia and about the plans to ensure the implementation of what the parties agreed on, Borrell will also speak at the EU summit taking place in Brussels on March 23 and 24.
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has stated that the European bloc will decide on the implementation of the agreement and the annex and make them an integral part of the EU's negotiating framework for membership negotiations with Serbia. As for Kosovo, the implementation will be part of the Commission for normalization.
One of the points of the annex establishes implementation as a condition for the progress of Kosovo and Serbia in the EU integration process and talks about the consequences in case of non-implementation.
The agreement towards the normalization of relations, which has 11 articles, does not specifically mention mutual recognition. However, the document requires both countries to accept each other's documents and symbols, including: passports, diplomas and license plates.
This agreement also requires the parties to implement all the agreements reached so far in the dialogue for the normalization of relations, including the one for the formation of the Association of municipalities with a Serbian majority in Kosovo, which the Government in Prishtina has refused until now, on the grounds that it may jeopardize the functionality of the state.