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Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

10.01.08> Serbia should not link EU integration to Kosovo, Rehn sazs - 0 views

  • EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn has called on Serbia to refrain from linking its EU integration process to demands on the Kosovo issue.
  • But Commissioner Rehn said such linkages should not be made.

    "It is disappointing that the Stabilisation and Association Agreement is misrepresented in the Serbian political debate," Mr Rehn told Reuters in an interview.

    "It is sad that Serbia's European future is being offered up on the altar of domestic power games," he continued.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

04.01.08: EU must choose between Serbia and Kosovo, Belgrade says - 0 views

  • Serbia is stepping up its resistance towards the idea of Kosovo becoming independent, with the country's prime minister Vojislav Kostunica sending a clear warning to the European Union - either it backs Belgrade or Pristina.
  • "The EU must choose...whether it will sign a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia or, under the United States' pressure, send a mission to implement [a plan for] supervised independence of Kosovo, snatching part of Serbia's territory", the statement says.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

01.01.08: Slovenia takes over EU Presidency - 0 views

  • With just three years of European Union membership under its belt, Slovenia will take on the EU presidency today (1 January) landing itself a highly politicised agenda.

    Of all the issues that the small ex-Yugoslav state will have to deal with over the next six months, two are set to dominate the agenda - the Kosovo question and the EU renewable energy package.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

14.12.07: EU agrees on Kosovo mission - 0 views

  • The European Union has given the political green-light to a 1,800-strong police and civilian mission to be deployed in Serbia's breakaway region of Kosovo, although differences remain over the possible recognition of Kosovo's independence.
  • However, it remains unclear when precisely the EU's mission, consisting of 1,800 policemen, prosecutors and judges, can be deployed on the ground.

    While Luxembourg's Jean Asselborn said the mission would be deployed "just after Christmas [2007]", Bulgarian foreign minister Ivailo Kalfin indicated a less ambitious time-frame - "before the end of the summer [2008]".

    According to Slovakia's foreign minister Jan Kubis, the specifics of the mission should be concluded in January next year, after a round of consultations with the UN body.
  • Divisions on Serbia
    The summit also highlighted the persistent divisions among member states concerning whether to link the further integration of Serbia with the arrest of remaining war crimes suspects, notably general Ratko Mladic.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

11.12.07: EU moves closer towards unity on Kosovo - 0 views

  • The 1244 resolution - adopted in 1999 - authorised international civil and military presence in Kosovo, then part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, placing it under interim UN administration.

    Europe is trying to use the same resolution to authorise a partial shift of power from UN to EU authorities enabling them to provide an initial supervision of the soon-to be declared independent Kosovo.

    Such an approach would be referred to as a "coordinated" statement of independence, as opposed to a unilateral step and would enable the EU - including other sceptical states such as Romania, Slovakia, Greece and Spain - to recognize the move.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

06.12.07: Kosovo: Belgrade Ready to Retaliate - 0 views

  • 06 December 2007 As the Serbian authorities prepare measures against Kosovo and the countries that will recognize its expected unilateral declaration of independence, diplomats warn such moves are likely to backfire.

    By Julijana Mojsilovic in Belgrade

    Ahead of the December 10 deadline for Kosovo’s status, there is mounting speculation about how the Serbian government is likely to respond to Kosovo’s anticipated declaration of independence.

    Facing the prospect of losing some 15 per cent of its territory, Serbia seems ready for a list of measures, such as sealing the border with Kosovo and severing or downgrading diplomatic ties with the countries that recognize the self-proclaimed independent state.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

24.07.07: EU fears spslit over Kosovo - 0 views

  • As Belgrade and Pristina are heading for last resort negotiations on the future of Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo, the European Union is set to maintain its fragile unity over the issue, amid clear signs it could become as divisive as Iraq did in 2003.

    EU foreign ministers - meeting in Brussels on Monday (23 July) - urged both, Serbs and Kosovars, to play a constructive role in the upcoming 120-day talks, designed to break the deadlock at the UN Security Council.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

29.10.2006: Referendum Serbia - 0 views

    It seems like the referendum on the new Serbian constitution succeeded. The two-day period of voting, all the calls for a 'yes' vote, the exclusion of Kosovo Albanians from voting lists, the showing of 'patriotic' movies in Serbian media worked, not-so-su
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - 0 views

    Reporting the Balkans on its path to Europe. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network trains journalists across the region to produce investigations and analysis designed to spark debate on European issues.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Examples for CARDS-projects by country and by sector - 0 views

    Almonst 100 examples for projects - each with a short description - financed by CARDS in the countries of the Western Balkans.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

European partnerships with the Balkans - 0 views

    Description of the European Partnerships, an instrument which has been established in March 2004 in order to prepare the countries of the Western Balkans for greater integration with the EU, as they are recognised as potential candidates for membership.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

22.09.2006: Pristina welcomes Contact Group's statement - 0 views

    Kosovo's leadership welcomed on Thursday the Contact Group's stated commitment to achieving a negotiated solution to the province's status issue by the end of the year. [...]
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

31.10.2006: A possible solution for the status of Kosovo - 0 views

  • European Union takes over the sovereignty.
  • The issue of Kosovo having a foreign ministry was also not mentioned in the document but the source said it was clear that the next Government of Kosovo can set up that department
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

19.01.2007: Pro-Eu parties lead polls in serbia election (21.01.2007) - 0 views

  • Pro-EU reformists are nosing ahead in the latest polls before Serbia's elections on Sunday (21 January) - a pivotal event that could raise prospects of Serbia EU entry and Kosovo independence, or aggravate the risk of renewed ethnic conflict in the heart of modern Europe.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

29.01.07: Reality dawns - possible implications of Ahtisaari's proposal for the region - 0 views

    "Now that the UN Kosovo envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, has presented his
    proposal for the territory's future status to the "contact group" of
    international overseers, there is little doubt that Kosovo is going to
    become independent. Not immediately, though. Ahtisaari's report will
    not be published before he presents it to Belgrade and Pristina on 2
    February. Most leaks accompanying his 26 January meeting with the group
    (the U.S., Russia, France, the U.K, Italy, and Germany), however, spoke
    of a mechanism enabling Kosovo to gradually take control of its own
    affairs and seek membership of international institutions." [...]
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

29.01.07: Ahtissari proposes roadmap for the future of Kosovo - 0 views

  • The Ahtisaari blueprint - which is still subject to change - proposes that Kosovo should remain under international supervision for an unspecified period of time but should gradually acquire the trappings of statehood, such as a flag, an anthem, a constitution and a NATO-trained army.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

12.02.07: EU ready to restart SAA-talks with Serbia - 0 views

  • The EU on Monday (12 February) gave its clearest signal yet that it is ready to restart integration talks with Serbia before Belgrade hands over top war crimes fugitives such as Ratko Mladic.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

08.02.07: EU offers Serbia more time over Kosovo - 0 views

  • With Serbia determined to reject the UN plan for Kosovo, the European Union has conceded it may postpone planned consultations on the plan until a new government is formed in Belgrade.

    An EU delegation to Belgrade, led by foreign policy chief Javier Solana, enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn and German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and separately Britain’s Europe minister Geoff Hoon, gave ground on February 7 after meeting Serbia’s president Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic.

    After urging them to form a democratic government and take part in planned consultations over the Kosovo’s final status, they indicated they might push back the timetable.
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