Optimism shall meet reality

About the European future for Kosovo

As we are approaching the end of the year, I would like to reflect on the European future of Kosovo. There is a very strong support for EU memberships in Kosovo; according to the latest poll, an overwhelming majority (93%) support accession. This figure makes me happy, proud and hopeful. It also gives me motivation to continue my most important work as the EU representative in Kosovo: to assist Kosovo to accelerate its path towards the EU.

This past year has seen many challenges but also some positive developments. Kosovo held parliamentary and local elections: both were in general well administrated, transparent and competitive, despite several shortcomings. The general elections resulted in a strong Government with a stable majority in the Parliament and with an ambitious reform agenda. On top of it, the year has seen good economic growth. Kosovo’s economic rebound has exceeded projections. Kosovo has, as so many of us, battled the pandemic this year, but it is entering the next year with low transmission levels and comparatively high vaccination rates. Kosovo is starting the next year on a strong note, and there are reasons to be optimistic about the future.