Mijacic: The key question is whether Kurti is still willing to work on implementing the CSM part of the agreement

Dragiša Mijačić, koordinator Radne grupe Nacionalnog konventa o EU za Poglavlje 35
Source: Kosovo Online

At this moment, it is unrealistic to reach any agreement, but the meeting in Brussels is very important as it is the first high-level encounter since last September, aimed at unblocking the dialogue, Dragisa Mijacic, coordinator of the Working Group of the National Convention on the EU for Chapter 35, tells Kosovo Online regarding tomorrow's round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which will be attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

The dialogue, Mijacic points out, has stalled since last September because the Kosovo side has not accepted the sequencing plan, i.e., the implementation plan of the Ohrid Agreement, so both sides are expected to show commitment to the Ohrid Agreement.

"Both sides will be asked to confirm that they genuinely stand behind the agreements they accepted last year, and after that, the work dynamics that will start from September, after the summer break, should be agreed upon. The issue of forming the CSM is the question of all questions, and through this issue, the dinar issue and all other pressing issues in Kosovo, including organizing new elections and the functioning of mayors, should be addressed. Therefore, the key is how to achieve the formation of the CSM and whether Kurti is still willing to work on implementing that part of the agreement, without which no other part of the agreement can be approached, as seen with the failed membership in the Council of Europe," Mijacic states.

He adds that the Kosovo side is expected to take the first step towards forming the Community of Serb Municipalities, meaning the Kosovo government should adopt the proposal of the European statute for the CSM, which would later be sent to the Constitutional Court of Kosovo for consideration. On the other hand, after that, the first step from Serbia is expected, primarily the acceptance of Kosovo's documents.

"The whole sequencing plan is designed so that one side does something, then the other side will do something, and step by step, trust will be built, leading to the implementation of what the parties committed to last year. If either side shows that they are no longer willing to implement this agreement, the whole negotiation process falls apart, and we will wait for a new moment, new envoys, and new negotiations," Mijacic concludes.