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Kosovo and the European Union

Kosovo is a potential candidate for membership of the European Union. In 2008 the EU repeated its willingness to assist the economic and political development of Kosovo through a clear European perspective. The EU helps contribute to stability in Kosovo through the EULEX rule of law mission in Kosovo and Special representative in Kosovo.

Commission report on progress by Kosovo in fulfilling the requirements of the visa liberalisation roadmap
The European Commission presented on 12 February the first report on the progress achieved by Kosovo in fulfilling the requirements of the visa liberalisation roadmap. It evaluated Kosovo’s progress in each block of the visa roadmap and made a set of recommendations for the Kosovo authorities in areas where more decisive action is needed to obtain visa-free travel for its citizens.

Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo - Council of Europe Assembly report
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called for international and Albanian investigations into crimes committed in the aftermath of the conflict in Kosovo, including “numerous indications” that organs were removed from prisoners on Albanian territory to be taken abroad for transplantation. The resolution was based on the report by Dick Marty (Switzerland, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

EULEX Kosovo - European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo
The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) is the largest civilian mission ever launched under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The central aim is to assist and support the Kosovo authorities in the rule of law area, specifically in the police, judiciary and customs areas. The mission is not in Kosovo to govern or rule. It is a technical mission which will monitor, mentor and advise whilst retaining a number of limited executive powers. EULEX works under the general framework of United Nations Security Resolution 1244 and has a unified chain of command to Brussels.

Starting a business in Kosovo
This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Kosovo.

Kosovo (Country Guides)
Ringed by high mountains crossed by a series of rulers over the centuries, the country boasts Ottoman mosques, Tito-esque administration buildings, Serbian Orthodox churches, monasteries, vineyards and extravagant KLA war memorials. Pristina offers a surprising contrast with its growing number of vibrant restaurants, bars and shops. Sales features include tips on living in Kosovo, including cultural norms, accommodation, food and communications, and Kosovo's ski resort, Brezovica, which offers some of the best skiing in southeastern Europe.

European Union Planning Team for Kosovo - EUPTK
The official Website of the European Union Planning Team for Kosovo EUPT. The EU is preparing for an enhanced role in Kosovo. In this context, the Council decided on 10 April to establish an EU planning team regarding a possible future EU crisis management operation in the field of rule of law and possible other areas in Kosovo. EUPT Kosovo operates in a complex political environment where the parallel status process will determine the overall framework for all successor organisations in Kosovo.

The Kosovo Crisis: And the Evolution of a Post-Cold War European Security
The conflict in Kosovo represents a significant watershed in post-Cold War international security. Interpreting its political and operational significance should reveal important clues for understanding international security in the new millennium. This text analyses the international response to the crisis in Kosovo and its broader implications, by examining its diplomatic, military and humanitarian features. Despite the widely held perception that the conflict in Kosovo has implications for international security, unravelling them can be challenging as it remains an event replete with paradoxes. There are many such paradoxes - NATO entered into the conflict ostensibly to head off a humanitarian catastrophe, only to accelerate the catastrophe by engaging in a bombing campaign; the political aims of all the major players contradicted the the military means chosen by them in the conflict. The Russian role in the diplomatic efforts demonstrated that NATO did not want Russia to be involved but in the end needed her involvement. Russia opposed the bombing campaign but ultimately did not have enough power or influence to rise above a role as NATO's messenger; the doctrinal hurdles to achieving "immaculate coercion" by use of air power alone seemed to tumble in the face of apparent success; it is ultimately unclear how or why NATO succeeded.

EU Kosovo relations
Kosovo is firmly anchored in the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Process, the EU policy which applies to the Western Balkans.