“Free movement is possible, implementation of the agreement is planned. The agreement is fully in line with our requirements,” Stefanovic said in Brussels. Ashton said: “I want to congratulate both sides on these two substantive agreements. The agreement on the integrated management of border crossings is being put into service. On the one hand, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the EU`s fundamental value for effective, inclusive and representative regional cooperation. The agreement will allow Kosovo to participate in all regional meetings and sign new agreements on its own behalf and speak for itself. Kosovo will therefore follow the same European orientation as the other countries of the Western Balkans, in line with its European perspective. In this context, the Commission proposes to launch a feasibility study for a stabilisation and association agreement between Kosovo and the EU. The Commission has recently begun a dialogue with Kosovo on visa exemption. Under the agreement, Kosovo will only be represented in regional for a under the name “Kosovo” but also with a footnote referring to UN Resolution 1244 and the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kosovo`s declaration of independence. The benefits of Kosovo`s participation in such programmes are considerable. They were very beneficial for the citizens of Kosovo, but also for the entire region, including Serbian citizens, as representatives of both sides were now able to sit down together and discuss many important issues.

This also facilitated and “normalized” high-level meetings between the two parties. Membership in regional organizations and forums has undoubtedly contributed more to improving relations between the two governments than the dialogue cycles in Brussels, particularly with regard to their public perception. Not so long ago, it was difficult to imagine high-level meetings between Serbia and Kosovo. If two senior officials accidentally met at an airport in a third country and swayed hands, that would be great news and controversy. It was even a great controversy when a former president did, let alone the current one. Officials from both governments also did not meet in regional forums and sometimes avoided participating in the ongoing dialogue within the EU. The last round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina ended with the agreements on regional cooperation and implementation of the Integrated Border Crossing Management (IBM). According to Catherine Ashton, the EU`s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, these agreements are important not only for Serbia and Kosovo, but also for the stability of the region and, therefore, for the EU, particularly in view of UN General Assembly Resolution 64/268. Catherine Ashton, the EU`s foreign affairs representative, and Stefan Fule, a commissioner for enlargement, described the agreement as a major step forward.