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Lajçak: We want more progress in the implementation of agreements

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The emissary of the European Union for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajçak, has said that they want more progress in the implementation of the Basic Agreement, which has already been 1 year since signing. He said that in the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi, they discussed, among other things, the CBK regulation, which makes the euro the only official currency in Kosovo.

"The document that is legally binding in its entirety, but it has been a year since we reached this document and we would like to see better implementation of it and this was one of the issues we discussed: how to start implementation of this agreement and the second issue that we have discussed which is also important is the latest CBK regulation on cash payments and the reason why we are discussing it is some certain provisions in this discussion that are relevant for the dialogue and it is very important that we discussed it", he said.

In a media conference, Lajcaku stated that he is planning to hold a meeting between the chief negotiators of the dialogue in the coming days.

"We discussed a long list of issues. And the most important thing is the implementation of the basic agreement reached, and this is in everyone's interest to have progress in the implementation of this agreement. It's the best deal we could get. If there was a better agreement, we would have done it, so it is in everyone's interest that it be implemented. Because in this agreement we have all the answers, what to do and how to do it. The only question is when the implementation of these points will happen. We have spent a lot of time taking steps and there is fear on both sides of what I will do and what the other side will do. But I believe that these issues can be solved very simply", he declared, as he showed that the issue of the Association of municipalities with a Serbian majority was also discussed in the meeting with Bislim.

Lajcaku also said that at the last meeting in Brussels, it was left to the parties to decide who they want to send to the meeting.

"As you know, I held a meeting at the level of experts last week in Brussels. The meeting was constructive and we managed to find answers to some issues, but there are also questions that go beyond the mandate of these experts and we discussed with Mr. Bislimi. Our communication will continue and I am planning to hold another meeting at the level of chief negotiators in the coming days, so this was the main reason for my visit", Lajcaku further stated.

He added that he received answers to many questions, while he stated that he will have to analyze the answers. "This is a process. We need to make sure that in the end there will be no people, citizens, individuals who will be negatively affected in any way. This is certainly our concern".


09:59 - The meeting between Bisli and Lajcak starts

The meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi and the emissary of the European Union for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajçak, has started.

The meeting is being held in the building of the Government of Kosovo.

As the Prime Minister's Office announced in a press release on Monday, Bislimi and Lajcaku will discuss "moving forward with the implementation of the Basic Agreement".

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Today in Kosovo, Lajçak meets Bislim

The Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi, today (Tuesday) will meet in Pristina with the emissary of the European Union for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajçak.

As the Prime Minister's Office announced in a press release on Monday, Bislimi and Lajcaku will discuss "moving forward with the implementation of the Basic Agreement".

The meeting is expected to start at 9:30.

At the end of February, meetings were held in Brussels, which the European Union considered to be within the framework of the dialogue, to find a solution on the use of currency in Kosovo, which would not have consequences for the Serbian population, after the approval of The new regulation of the Central Bank of Kosovo that keeps the euro "as the only currency". Kosovo was represented by the governor of the Central Bank, Ahmet Ismaili. Meanwhile, Serbia was represented at the meeting by the delegation led by Petar Petkoviqi.

After the meetings, Lajcaku said that the meeting was of the right level within the dialogue, but added that there is a need for other meetings.