Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth recently held his latest meeting with Edita Tahiri, Kosovo’s Minister for Dialogue, to exchange views on the future of the Western Balkan country and of the entire region.
Both sides underscored the importance of the so-called Berlin Process, which was established by European countries to achieve tangible progress in areas such as infrastructure and energy networks, as well as regional youth exchange.
Kosovo needs a stable government
Minister of State for Europe Roth said that Germany was ready, together with its EU partners, to provide additional support to Kosovo. However, he also clearly stated that
the future of Kosovo, and that of all other Western Balkan countries, is in the EU. The prospect of EU membership is for real. What we urgently need now, however, is a stable government in Pristina that drives forward reforms which finally bring the people benefits.
Reforms, after all, are not an end in themselves, but rather in the interest of the country. The young generation in particular needs opportunities at home.
Overcoming obstruction and finger-pointing
Tahiri and Roth also spoke about regional cooperation, which is a prerequisite for economic development and drawing the country closer to the EU. Michael Roth emphasized the following:
The obstruction and finger-pointing between Kosovo and Serbia must be ended without delay.
We expect dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to finally make some progress. It is especially the task of the elected politicians to achieve substantial results on reconciliation. Europe is the future that all sides share, and it is on Europe that the young generation in both countries is pinning its hopes.