Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970
ODLUKA MINISTARSKOG SAVETA 2013/366/ZSBP O IZMENI I PRODUŽENjU MANDATA SPECIJALNOG PREDSTAVNIKA EVROPSKE UNIJE NA KOSOVU
Gordanić Jelica (Истраживач приправник у Институту за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), firstname.lastname@example.org
The mandate of the EU Special Representative in Kosovo is based on the policy objectives of the Union in Kosovo. This include playing a leading role in promoting a stable, viable, peaceful, democratic and multi-ethnic Kosovo, contribution to regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans creating a Kosovo that respects the rule of law, protection of minorities, religious and cultural heritage as well as providing support for bringing Kosovo closer to the European Union. On 25 January 2012, the Council adopted Decision 2012/39/CFSP appointing Mr Samuel Žbogar the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) in Kosovo. Council Decision 2013/366/CFSP of 9 July 2013 amends and extends the mandate of the European Union Special Representative in Kosovo up to 30 June of 2014. The mandate of Special Representative in Kosovo may be completed earlier, if the Council decides so, on the recommendation of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. All the EU efforts which are of mutual interest for Serbia and Kosovo significantly contribute to reduction of tensions in the region and gradual normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. A person who efficiently, responsibly and impartially does the function of Special Representative in Kosovo may only contribute to the achievement of all these objectives. Accordingly, Council Decision 2013/366/CFSP of 9 July 2013 amending and extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative in Kosovo could be positive for the Republic of Serbia. Belgrade officials should in the best way use the role of Special Representative in Kosovo for resolving the issues which are in the interest of the Serbian community in Kosovo, settlement of the situation in Kosovo and the Brussels Agreement implementation.
Keywords: European Union, EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Serbia, Kosovo, Brussels Agreement