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Commissioner Hahn to present 2015 enlargement package to MEPs

Commissioner Hahn to present 2015 enlargement package to MEPs

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Commissioner Johannes Hahn (pictured) will present the 2015 progress reports for the candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership to the foreign affairs committee at 9h on Tuesday (10 November). The Commission is set to adopt its annual reports on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and […]

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EU ‘Zombie Zone’ in West Balkans makes refugee solution harder

EU ‘Zombie Zone’ in West Balkans makes refugee solution harder

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Denis MacShane    Greece beat Macedonia in a tight basketball championship match this month. The game was played in Croatia but foreigners watching a thrilling contest on Greek television would have been at a loss to know who the Greeks were playing as the name of  Greece’s opponents was left blank on TV screens.     This […]

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Report on corruption claims within EU mission in Kosovo

Report on corruption claims within EU mission in Kosovo

Law professor Jean Paul Jacque, appointed by High Representative Mogherini to investigate claims of corruption within the EU mission in Kosovo, has presented his findings. In October 2014, Kosovar media published the story that two senior staffers from the EULEX mission had allegedly accepted bribes in return for a drop of certain charges for a […]

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EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia: Recent achievements and upcoming challenges

EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia: Recent achievements and upcoming challenges

It has been two years since the April Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, mediated by the EU. All in all, both parties have shown a willingness to implement the agreement within their territory. The recent agreement on justice and judiciary in Kosovo is proof of further normalization of their relationship. However, several issues remain.  After […]

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The role of the European Union in the creation of a state

The role of the European Union in the creation of a state

Despite not always being a welcome guest, the EU has had a massive part to play in the creation of Kosovo. Even before the Kosovar declaration of independence in 2008, the European Union had begun to exert a substantial influence within the region. We take a look at how the European community has tried to […]

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Things we learned in plenary: Capping payment card fees, assessing candidate countries, debating Nemtsov

Things we learned in plenary: Capping payment card fees, assessing candidate countries, debating Nemtsov

During the plenary session that took place from 9 to 12 March in Strasbourg, MEPs supported the legislation on capping credit card fees and warned candidate countries to get their act together if they want to progress on their path towards the EU. Parliament also debated the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and […]

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Lunacek: The EP must continue to push for visa liberalisation for Kosovo

Lunacek: The EP must continue to push for visa liberalisation for Kosovo

Seven years after declaring independence, Kosovo still faces many challenges such as poor economic prospects and high unemployment rates, while five EU countries have not recognized it as a country. MEPs vote today on a resolution on Kosovo’s European integration process, drafted by Austrian Greens/EFA member Ulrike Lunacek. The European Parliament talked to her about […]

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