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Published on October 30, 2015
Statement by M. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, on the signature of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union
Strasbourg, October 27, 2015

I welcome the signature in Strasbourg on Tuesday 27 October of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Union and Kosovo. It is an important step which confirms the European Union’s full commitment to supporting Kosovo in implementing the reforms essential for it to forge closer ties to Europe.

This agreement will be an essential lever for stepping up our cooperation in very many areas, especially the economic, commercial and political spheres. In this respect, special attention will be given to issues linked to the rule of law, justice and home affairs.

It also falls within the framework of the dialogue facilitated by the [EU] High Representative for a normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, which resulted in the signature of the agreement of 25 August 2015, to which France lends its full support./.

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