Enver Hoxhaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, met with representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the developments in the Republic of Kosovo and the relations with the Republic of Serbia. The participants elaborated on the EU policy towards the region.
Although Kosovo has continued to make progress in recent years, especially when it comes to the rule of law, participants pointed out that its economic development has left much to be desired. The emergence of a positive uptrend depended on important factors which included urgently needed reforms within the country, the political situation on the Balkans, and a realistic prospect of EU membership for the Kosovars. Without such a perspective, Kosovo would continue to be in a state of limbo. Croatia’s forthcoming membership of the EU was considered to be a positive sign for the region as a whole. However, opinions were divided on whether the EU, which was having to deal with enlargement fatigue and the euro crisis, could actually develop a credible engagement with Kosovo.
The reduction in KFOR troop levels was a sign of the improving security situation. However, a NATO presence would continue to be essential for the foreseeable future. With regard to the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, both sides were called upon to show a greater willingness to talk to each other. But in any case, no one was expecting immediate results.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.