Between non-recognition and constructive engagement: The roots and limitations of Slovakia’s position on Kosovo

By Milan Nič and Katarína Kertýsová. Photo:
3. Mar 2016  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Slovakia

Kosovo is the youngest and one of the poorest countries in Europe. Its prospect for state building and economic development continue to be hampered also by limited international recognition of the independence. Like all other countries of the Western Balkans, Kosovo was given a pledge of integrating into the EU and joined others in the gradual pre-accession process. This is why five EU non-recognitions – by Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain (further referred to as EU5) – carry heavier weight than most others.

Kosovo’s diplomatic blues with EU non-recognizers (the case of Slovakia)

By Milan Nič. Photo credit: Arben Llapashtica, The Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo
27. Oct 2015  |  Western Balkans  |  Slovakia, Kosovo

For many years, disagreement over Kosovo was one of the most flagrant examples of how difficult it is to operate a common EU foreign policy. Does signing of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with representatives of the Kosovo government on 27 October in Strasbourg signal an important shift in the respective positions of the EU non-recognizers, or merely illustrates the fact that the Brussels institutions found a way to go around them?

Hearing on Kosovo at the Slovak Parliament

5. Oct 2015  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Slovakia  |  Press releases

On 29 September 2015, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Slovak Parliament held hearing on the latest developments in Serbia – Kosovo dialogue and bilateral relations with Kosovo.

Slovak-Kosovar dialogue on bilateral relations and Kosovo's EU prospects

2. Oct 2015  |  Western Balkans, European Union  |  Kosovo  |  Event reports

On Wednesday, 23 September 2015, CEPI in partnership with Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) organized a public debate in Bratislava. The Slovak-Kosovar Dialogue presented an opportunity to discuss the current status of Kosovo’s association process with the EU, and to update on Kosovo’s relations with the five EU non-recognizers, including Slovakia.

Mogherini’s Chance for true rapprochement between Serbia and Kosovo

17. Oct 2014  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Serbia  |  Policy briefs

Although it will be very difficult to match the public hype of her predecessor’s mediation, it is crucial for the new EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to revive the momentum to obtain meaningful progress in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue. This policy paper1 lays out several specific options for the EU to nudge the sides towards cooperation and true rapprochement.

Completing the EU Enlargement: 4 scenarios

The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, a co-operation project with the aim to promote European integration of the Western Balkans and the consolidation of democratic, open countries in the region, which has among its members CEPI executive director Milan Nič, released a policy paper on 16th May elaborating 4 scenarios of how the EU integration can play out for the Western Balkan countries.

Integration or Isolation? Northern Kosovo in 2014 Electoral Limbo

By Leon Malazogu, Milan Nič, Filip Ejdus and Tomasz Zornaczuk
13. Feb 2014  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo, Serbia  |  Policy briefs

As the first anniversary of the Brussels Agreement comes around in April, northern Kosovo has yet to reach a new balance. It remains in transitory limbo, subject to pulling-and-tugging that has both security and political implications. This paper analyses the bleak outlook for implementing the agreement during 2014, with looming elections in Serbia, Kosovo and the EU.

CEPI Briefing on the NATO’s role in Kosovo with Milan Nič (December 2013)

17. Dec 2013  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo  |  Multimedia

NATO has been the key provider of security in Kosovo, since it entered the war in 1999. Fifteen years later, its presence in Kosovo is decreasing as the local authorities and the EU assume more responsibility. What is expected to happen in 2014, Central European Policy Institute’s expert, Milan Nič, explains.

Visegrad debate on Serbia – Kosovo Dialogue in Budapest

16. Dec 2013  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo  |  Press releases

The first Visegrad debate on Serbia – Kosovo dialogue was held on Thursday 12 December at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (HIIA) in Budapest.

Run-off poll in Northern Kosovo needs to be better prepared

21. Nov 2013  |  Western Balkans  |  Kosovo  |  Press releases
While the municipal vote in Northern Kosovo can be considered a success, it revealed a few areas, such as voter registration, that need to be sorted out soon.