BELGRADE – Vice President of the European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek said that no country in the Western Balkans can be promised that it will be admitted into the European Union (EU), even if it meets all the conditions, because there is rising number of parties and politicians in the EU who are not only critical of the EU, but they also want to destroy it.

In the European Parliament there are also people who do not like the EU, not even its extension, explained Lunacek.

“I cannot promise not one country in the Western Balkans that, even if it meets all the requirements, its membership in the EU will be
possible, because that has to be accepted by every member of the Union,” Lunacek told the reporters.

She pointed out that the European Parliament is an institution that is most open to enlargement, as an important part of EU policy.

As for meeting the requirements, the EU is much stricter today than it was in 2004. The fight against the corruption and organized criminal, independent judiciary, the rule of law must work, said Lunacek.

As European Parliament rapporteur for Kosovo, she believes that the Kosovo Serbs should not seek Belgrade’s opinion before making any moves.

Like it or not, they live in Kosovo, which is an independent republic, said Lunacek, aware that Serbia and five member states of the European Union (EU) do not recognize it.

She, however, reminded that Kosovo was recognized by 111 states, which is more than a half of members in the United Nations (UN).

Lunacek stressed that, even before the beginning of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, she criticized the government of Kosovo
for the lack of addressing the Kosovo Serbs.

On the other hand, Lunacek believes that “Kosovo Serbs should concentrate more on the country they live in and try to develop good
relations with Albanians, and not always ask Belgrade what to do”.

She also said that she is very critical of Serbia and Kosovo, due to absence of implementation of agreements reached during the Brussels

Both Serbia and Kosovo stall with the implementation, said Lunacek.