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Minister Gërvalla, on an official visit to Austria, meets the Federal Minister Mrs. Edtstadler

Vienna, 24 May 2022 - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Donika Gërvalla, during her visit to Austria, at the Federal Chancellery initially met with the Austrian Federal Minister for European Union and Constitutional Affairs, Mrs. Karoline Edtstadler.


During the meeting, Minister Gërvalla informed Minister Edtstadler about the commitment and strategic orientation of the Republic of Kosovo in the Euro-Atlantic integration processes. Special emphasis was also placed on security issues in the Western Balkans region, especially after the Russian aggression in Ukraine.


During the meeting, Minister Gërvalla emphasized the fact that Kosovo has met all the criteria for visa liberalization, and expressed gratitude for Austria's support to enable the free movement of Kosovo citizens. She also highlighted Austria 's prominent role in European processes for a faster integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.

 

During the day, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Donika Gërvalla met, at the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Vienna, with the ambassadors of QUINT countries to the OSCE, respectively the ambassadors Michael Carpenter (USA), Neil Busch (United Kingdom), Gesa Bräutigam (Germany), Christine Fages (France) and Stefano Baldi (Italy). The Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to the OSCE, Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni was also invited to this meeting.


After the opening of the meeting by the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Austria, Mr. Lulzim Pllana, Minister Gërvalla first thanked the ambassadors for the continuous support they have given to Kosovo within the OSCE mechanism, and expressed the interest of the Republic of Kosovo to be as present as possible in all international mechanisms and organizations. She informed the ambassadors about the process of Kosovo's membership in the Council of Europe, the continuous fulfillment of more and more criteria for membership in the European Union and the need for an immediate visa liberalization.


The Ambassadors were briefed on the progress that Kosovo has made over the past year in economy, rule of law, institutional transparency, democracy and media freedom. These successes are documented by international mechanisms and organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, Transparency International, Reporters Without Borders, etc.
 

Minister Gërvalla pointed out the difficulties that Kosovo is facing during the dialogue process with Serbia in Brussels, emphasizing the destructive and blocking approach of Serbia, which has become a serious obstacle in this process.


She stressed the need for a more effective dialogue, which focuses on mutual recognition.

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