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Kosovo Has Fulfilled All Requirements for Becoming Member of EU Council, von Cramon Reiterates

Member of the European Parliament, Viola von Cramon, who simultaneously serves as rapporteur on Kosovo, said that the latter has fulfilled the main requirements to become a member of the European Council.

During a press conference on March 4, von Kramon emphasized that this might be a good time for Kosovo to work toward the goal of joining the council as one of its main adversaries, Russia, currently barred from decision-making processes, SchengenVisaInfo. com reports.

“Kosovo has fulfilled all the main requirements to become a member of the Council of Europe, and since one of the main opponents of this membership (Russia) has been banned, I think we can find a majority for this type of application,” von Kramon’s statement reads.

She proceeded by stating that the current criteria applicable to a country wishing to join the Council should be manageable and enforceable for Kosovo. However, it was emphasized that Kosovo’s accession to the council is a political decision that needs the approval of each member state.

“The entry criteria have to be manageable and enforceable for Kosovo, but it’s a political decision after all, so we have to look for the (consent) of the majority,” Cramon added.

When asked if Kosovo is able to join the European Union and NATO through the expedited procedures after taking into account the current situation in Ukraine, von Kramon said that she does not see any quick actions regarding membership, not only for Kosovo but for the other remaining Western Balkan countries also.

However, she stressed that the authorities still have to fight for visa liberalization for Kosovo while noting that Kosovo should also have a successful dialogue in order to get the green light from the EU.

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During her stay in Kosovo, von Kramon also attended a session on the adoption of a resolution condemning the Russian war in Ukraine.

“I am happy to attend the session of the Kosovo Council (KuvendiRks) on the adoption of the resolution condemning Putin’s war in Ukraine and clearly agreeing Kosovo with the West. This is an important signal not only to the European Union but also to the rest of the Western Balkan countries,” Viola von Kramon wrote on her official Twitter account on 3 March.

According to von Cramon, Kosovo’s foreign policies are in line with those of the European Union member states, which means that the country has once again proven itself to be pro-European.

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