The EU Special Representative for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, will be in Kosovo today, where he will talk with the deputy prime minister, Besnik Bislimi, Kosovo’s chief negotiator in the Brussels dialogue.
Yesterday, Lajcak stayed in Belgrade, where he met with the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, with whom, among other things, he discussed the next steps in the normalization of relations with Kosovo.
He wrote in X that in the meeting with Vucic, the focus of the discussions was the strategic outlook for 2024, but they also took stock on the state of play in the dialogue.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, has requested the annulment of the decision of the Central Bank of Kosovo (CBK) to ban the use of the Serbian dinar for cash payments in Kosovo.
Vucic said that he had a “constructive and very useful meeting” with Lajcak.
“I emphasized the necessity for the establishment of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities, the holding local elections in the north of Kosovo urgently, and I asked for support from the European Union to stop further provocations coming from Prishtina”, wrote Vucic in his profile on Instagram, after the meeting with Lajcak
According to the spokesperson of the European Union, Peter Stano, the EU’s special representative for the dialogue, is making these visits to Belgrade and Prishtina, in an effort to advance the dialogue.
“Talks with President Vucic in Belgrade and with the Kosovar counterparts in Prishtina are part of his mandate, are part of his work and continuous efforts in terms of helping both sides to advance the dialogue”, said Stano.
Otherwise, Brussels asked the authorities in Kosovo on Monday to postpone the implementation of the decision to ban the use of the Serbian dinar in the territory of Kosovo, in order to find a solution within the dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade. The Government of Kosovo has argued that the CBK’s decision is in accordance with the Constitution of Kosovo, but QUINT has said that this decision “raises concerns about the impact, in particular, on communities with a Serbian majority”.