Serbia approves Kosovo deal
Serbia’s government formally backed an April 19 agreement with Kosovo, paving the way for better ties with the breakaway province that could win Serbia a date for starting European Union membership talks. Prime Minister Ivica Dacic’s Cabinet “accepted the first agreement on the principles that regulate the normalization of ties achieved in the dialogue on Kosovo” in Brussels, the government’s press office said in a statement Monday. The Cabinet also “instructed ministries” to take steps to install the accord and continue “with the implementation of previous agreements,” it said. Serbia backed the deal a day after Kosovar Premier Hashim Thaci presented the accord to 120-seat Parliament, where 89 lawmakers backed and 5 opposed the agreement. The deal would help Serbia win a start date for EU membership talks in June and unlock pre-entry negotiations for its breakaway province, after Kosovo declared independence in 2008 following the wars of the 1990s that split the former Yugoslavia. The EU-mediated accord gives Serbia and Kosovo June 15 deadline to work out power sharing in telecommunications and energy, and make progress in clarifying fate of people missing on both sides since the 1998-99 war.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.