Stabilization and Association Agreement is initialled
Brussels, 25 July 2014
Today in Brussels is initialled the Stabilization and Association Agreement.
The initialling of the SAA was conducted between two Chief Negotiators, Mr. Gëzim Kasapolli Acting Minister of European Integration and Mr. Jean Erique Paquet, Director of the Western Balkans at the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission.
The initialling of the SAA marks the formal end of the negotiating process and the two parties agreeing on the text of the agreement negotiated. The next step will be the adoption of the SAA by the Council of the European Union and the signing of the agreement.
In December 2012, the European Council confirmed the progress and the possibility of the opening of SAA negotiations between Kosovo and the European Union. This option is subject to an obligation of Kosovo to meet short-term requirements outlined in the Feasibility Study.
In April 2013, the European Commission has confirmed that Kosovo has fulfilled the short term criteria regarding the rule of law, public administration, minority rights and trade. In June 2013, taking into consideration the fulfilment of short-term criteria, the European Council appreciated the achievements and confirmed the launching of negotiations for a Stabilization and Association Agreement.
On 28 October 2013 the first meeting between the Government of Kosovo and the European Commission to negotiate the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, was held. The second meeting took place on 27 November.
Meanwhile, several technical meetings were organized aiming at negotiating and agreeing on the SAA text.
The third and last negotiators meeting on negotiation of Stabilisation and Association Agreement, between the Government of Kosovo and the European Commission took place on May 2, 2014.
Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the Republic of Kosovo and the European Union consists of 416 pages divided into 10 titles, 7 annexes and 5protocols.