4th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Committee between the European Union and Kosovo
15 October 2020
The 4th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Committee between the European Union and Kosovo took place virtually on 15 October 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for the Western Balkans in the European Commission’s Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and Mr Artan Çollaku, Director, Department of Coordination of the Stabilisation and Association Process, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Kosovo.
The Stabilisation and Association Committee discussed recent key political developments and took stock of the state of play in relation to the economic criteria, alignment with EU legislation and standards, financial cooperation as well as implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA).
The meeting assessed and approved the outcome of 7 sub-Committees and 1 Special Group meeting which had been held over the course of the previous year. Throughout the discussions, it assessed progress in areas relevant to the European Reform Agenda and the Economic Reform Programme which play an important role in guiding Kosovo’s reform efforts and implementation of the SAA in areas such as good governance and rule of law, competitiveness and the investment climate, as well as employment and education.
The meeting discussed reform priorities in areas including rule of law and judicial reforms, respect for fundamental rights, public administration reform, and economic reforms.
The European Commission welcomed that the Kosovo government, elected in June 2020, has confirmed Kosovo’s strategic commitment to its European path and has allowed for the resumption of the EU-facilitated dialogue with Serbia.
The European Commission called on Kosovo to reinvigorate the reform process, including by stepping up the fight against corruption and organised crime, and take the opportunity of the economic recovery to accelerate economic reforms, in line with Kosovo citizens’ expectations. The Commission welcomed in this respect the launch of a second phase of the European Reform Agenda (ERA), and looked forward to the government’s related Action Plan. The Commission encouraged the government to engage with all political parties in the Assembly, including from the opposition, in order to build political consensus on decisions related to the implementation of the SAA and European Reform Agenda, as well as on the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue.
The meeting outlined the importance of alignment with best EU standards in key sectors, especially in relation to rule of law, public administration reform, economic development, internal market, education, energy and environment. The Commission underlined the importance of maintaining macro-fiscal stability.
The parties look forward to further discussing progress made in these key areas during the next Stabilisation and Association Council.