Answer to Written Question: Remarks by Kosovo and Albanian officials on ‘Greater Albania’ and the normalisation of relations in the Western Balkans

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell

on behalf of the European Commission


The European Union has reacted publicly to these and similar statements in the past by consistently calling on all political leaders in the region to lead by example in promoting a climate of mutual trust, fostering good neighbourly relations and regional cooperation, principles and values the EU stands for.

The European Union expects all in the region to continue to build constructive and cooperative relations, and to focus on and intensify work on their own respective reform programmes to move forward on the European integration path.

These are key issues also in the context of normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo[*] and the EU calls on the parties to act accordingly to create a conducive environment for the Dialogue.

The EU will continue to work with all partners in the region bilaterally on their individual European paths and towards closer and more effective regional cooperation and collaboration.

[*] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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