MEPs to ratify EU-Kosovo Association Agreement
MEPs are set to debate the EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement, an important first formal step in Kosovo’s integration into Europe, on Wednesday afternoon and approve it on Thursday. To enter into force, this agreement needs the European Parliament’s consent.
The agreement, which aims to enhance political dialogue and open up trade between the EU and Kosovo, was signed on October 2015 by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and ratified by National Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo on November.
All the matters dealt with in this agreement fall within the EU sphere of competence. This makes it an “EU-only” agreement, i.e. one that does not need to be ratified by individual EU member states.
It is also the last EU association agreement to be concluded with Western Balkan countries.
Debate: Wednesday, 20 January
Vote: Thursday, 21 January