(June 19th, 2012, 3:30 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Sofia)
The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria and the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo, and with the special support of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, organized a public lecture of the Prime Minister of Kosovo H.E. Hashim Thaci, entitled “Kosovo and Western Balkans Toward Euro-Atlantic Integration”.
H.E. Hashim Thaci began his speech by presenting a few facts about the Republic of Kosovo. Several barricades were removed from Nothern Kosovo, which was accompanied by protests from members of the Serbian Community who have attacked representatives from KFOR and there was even injured people, including representatives from Germany, who were part of the peacekeeping forces. This event reminded how fragile Kosovo state is, the Prime Minister added.
Republic of Kosovo celerbrated its fourth anniversary of its independence while tagged the beginning of many important processes for the future of the state. Moreover, in 2012 the Republic of Kosovo completed the process of monitoring the independence, which is linked to many economic and social changes, reforms in the Electoral Code in order to strengthen democracy. Kosovo gets a roadmap for visa liberalization and expects senior representatives of the European Union who are comitted to the completion of compliance which will pave the way for negotiations on Kosovo in the EU, said Mr. Thaci.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo turned to the economic issues referring to the priorities of the government of his country. One of them is to maintain macroeconomic stability and to encourage the private sector. The government has invested money in infrastructure, energy sector and education.
At the end of his speech Prime Minister Hashim Thaci declared that already 91 countries have recognized Kosovo as an independent republic, which is also a member of IMF and World Bank and it is soon expected to become a member of EBRD.