BRUSSELS – The European Parliament on Thursday ratified an association agreement with the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo, taking the first step for the republic’s integration into the European Union.
The EU signed an agreement on stabilization and association with Kosovo on October 27, 2015. Self-proclaimed Kosovo has already ratified the agreement.
Kosovo broke away from Serbia and proclaimed independence in 2008. It has been recognized by 23 out of the 28 EU member states.
Belgrade, however, considers Kosovo to be part of Serbia. Dozens more countries including Russia, do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.