The need to continue negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo in the direction of normalizing relations was underlined in a statement via a post on Twitter by Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varelli, commenting on the reaching of an agreement between the two sides regarding the issue that arose regarding the issue of car number plates in northern Kosovo.
“I welcome the news that the EU-facilitated settlement between Belgrade and Pristina was successful in avoiding further escalation,” said Mr. Vareli.
“Negotiations must continue in the direction of normalizing relations,” he added.
Serbia has been one of the candidate countries for joining the European Union since 2012, while Kosovo, which is not recognized by all member states, is considered a possible candidate country. However, the progress of the European course of both countries goes through the normalization of relations.
Negotiators from the two sides reached an agreement late Wednesday night to avoid further escalation, European Union High Representative Josep Borrell announced.
The two sides had tried to reach an agreement on Monday without success at a meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti.
However, Kosovo delayed for 48 hours at the request of the EU the start of issuing fines to the 10,000 Serb drivers in northern Kosovo who continue to use license plates issued by the Serbian authorities.
Under the agreement, announced by Mr Borel, Serbia will stop issuing license plates to cars in Kosovo cities and Kosovo will suspend any further action related to issuing new license plates.