Structured dialogue on the rule of law in Kosovo: doorstep by Štefan Füle and Hajredin Kuçi, Kosovan Minister for Justice
Type: Complete speech
End production: 30/05/2012 First transmission: 30/05/2012
On 30 May 2012, The European Commission and Kosovo launched the Structured Dialogue on the Rule of Law, in Brussels . On this occasion, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, met with Hajredin Kuçi, Kosovan Minister for Justice, and stressed that it was designed to help Kosovo to address the challenges in the field of the rule of law, with the focus on the judiciary, the fight against organised crime and corruption. Together, they also answered a series of questions after their meeting.
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||Arrival of Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Hajredin Kuçi, Kosovan Minister for Justice
||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): It was a great day today for the relationship between Kosovo and the EU and it was a great day for Kosovo. We started the Structured Dialogue on the Rule of Law and at the same time, in the presence of my colleague Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, we have discussed the state of play on the Visa Roadmap. Everything is now set up for Cecilia Malmström to present the roadmap formally to Kosovo authorities later in June.
The Structured Dialogue is not a way around the accession process; it is not a substitute to the European aspirations of Kosovo. It is a way how to get Kosovo even closer to the EU. We talked and discussed today the areas of judiciary, fight against corruption and fight against organised crime.
I made a point that this is an expression of our new approach, not only towards Kosovo but towards the whole region. However, Kosovo is among the first countries to benefit from this new approach focusing on chapter 23 and 24 dealing with basic principles and values of the EU like rule of law, judiciary, fundamental rights. I appreciate very much the presence of very important interlocutors, the Deputy Prime Minister, the two Ministers, chairmen of the parliamentary committees, presidents of the Prosecutorial and Judicial councils and others. That has really shown the commitment of Kosovo authorities.
We started a process today, but it will not be about political discussions once every 6 month at the high level. There will be concrete work in between, we have defined institutional framework where the work will be moved forward. We agreed on the very clear link between European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and the Structured Dialogue. We have also made it clear that number of important issues would be discussed in the Stabilisation and Association process dialogue with Kosovo. I am happy to deliver today on yet another important element on what heads of states agreed in December in the Conclusions and I look forward to delivering in the months to come - not for the benefit of someone here in Brussels but first of all for the benefit of all citizens of Kosovo.
||Soundbite by Hajredin Kuçi (in ENGLISH): I just would like to thank you Štefan Füle but also the European Commission for this opportunity of being together with delegation from Kosovo. We had a good opportunity to exchange our views regarding the Rule of Law in Kosovo. We have presented today some achievements but also some difficulties or challenges that we are dealing with. By the same time, I am delighted to thank Štefan Füle for his ideas on this new structural dialogue concerning the Rule of Law. I am promising to you Štefan Füle and to EU Member States that Kosovo will become a very serious and a very good partner towards the EU integration process. We will try and we will fulfil our obligations towards that process. We would like to thank the European Commission for its positive answer for roadmap for visa liberalisation and I hope EU Member States will support that process. At the end, I think that this is something needed, something that Kosovar people is looking for. Government of Kosovo and Institutions of Kosovo will try to fulfil the aim and the goal of the people of Kosovo to become a full Member of EU.