Visit of Hashim Thaçi, Kosovan Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-076185   Duration: 10:03:43  Lieu:
End production: 19/02/2013   First transmission: 19/02/2013
On 19 February 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Hashim Thaçi, Kosovan Prime Minister, held a joint press briefing following their meeting. The progress of Kosovo, its relations with the EU and visa liberalisation were the main topics addressed during the meeting.

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10:00:05 Speakers arriving 00:00:05
10:00:10 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:02
10:00:13 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that Kosovo is making progress, step by step; during their very good and open discussions, he has emphasized that now is the moment to make that progress decisive and to accelerate the pace of reforms; this may be a crucial year for EU/Kosovo relations; as pointed out by the Council, 2013 could see a decision on opening negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement – if the required progress is made; this is a crucial week in this important year, and they all look forward to Prime Minister Thaçi's meeting with Prime Minister Dačić of Serbia in the fifth round of the Dialogue; they hope that it will take place in the same constructive spirit as their previous meetings. 00:01:00
10:01:13 Cutaway of cameraman 00:00:02
10:01:16 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they have also discussed progress with respect to a future Stabilisation and Association Agreement; the European Commission is committed to issuing negotiating directives for such an Agreement with Kosovo in spring 2013 - provided Kosovo makes further essential progress on the remaining priorities identified in last year’s Feasibility Study; substantial progress has already been made on public administration reform, the protection of minorities and the Rule of Law; and he understands that Kosovo has committed itself to addressing the fourth priority – trade - by mid-March 2013; finally, they also discussed the issue of visas, which he knows is a key concern for many in Kosovo; the Commission presented a first report on Kosovo's progress towards visa liberalisation the previous week; they are satisfied with progress on legislation; but Kosovo needs to do more on implementation, and they have issued detailed recommendations to that effect. 00:01:07
10:02:23 SOUNDBITE by Hashim Thaçi, Kosovan Prime Minister, (in ALBANIAN) saying that he is very attentive and he knows that they have to do a lot in increasing the citizen's trust in their own institutions; they will continue jointly together to cooperate with the EU institutions to establish a close cooperation with EU legs so that they can implement the rule criteria in all Kosovo as well as combating negative phenomena such as corruption, organised crime. 00:00:31
10:02:55 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:02
10:02:58 SOUNDBITE by Hashim Thaçi (in ALBANIAN) saying that as leaders they bear responsibility for generations to come in normalizing relations with Serbia as two independent and sovereign States; they will meet as two Prime Ministers of the countries to discuss further steps to achieve a new agreement and normalize the Kosovo/Serbia relation. 00:00:44
10:03:43 José Manuel Barroso and Hashim Thaçi leaving 00:00:10
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