The Committee for Legal Affairs in favor of Kosovo's membership in the Council of Europe, Knaus: Tomorrow the historic vote

2024-04-15 18:02:43 / KOSOVA ALFA PRESS

The Committee for Legal Affairs in favor of Kosovo's membership in the
Gerald Knaus from the European Initiative for Stability has announced that the Committee for Legal Affairs and Human Rights in the Council of Europe today voted unanimously in favor of Kosovo's application for membership.

Knaus was announced in front of the KiE facility in Strasbourg, from where he said that the vote was "unanimous", before the "historic vote" in tomorrow's session when the Parliamentary Assembly will consider the report recommending Kosovo's membership, Gazeta Express reports.

"A few weeks ago, the political committee voted in Paris for the admission of Kosovo: 31 in favor. Today the legal commission voted: unanimously!!" , Knaus wrote in "X".

This committee, Knaus said, confirmed the report of the former Greek diplomat, Dora Bakoyannis, that Kosovo should be admitted to the Council of Europe. The committee congratulated him on "an excellent report" and said the country met the criteria.

The committee " shares the conclusion in the draft statutory opinion that Kosovo has reached the minimum standard required for membership in the Council of Europe in the field of legal issues and human rights, even though the reform must continue".

The committee considers that "Kosovo is a 'European state' for the purposes of Article 4 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and the criteria of citizenship under international law".

Therefore, the Committee said that it "supports the completion of the draft statutory opinion that favors Kosovo's membership in the Council of Europe".

Kosovo took a step towards membership in the Council of Europe on March 27. Despite the vote against Serbia and two other countries, the Committee for Politics and Democracy of the Council of Europe approved the report of the rapporteur for Kosovo, Dora Bakoyannis, who recommended that the country met the conditions to become a full member of the Council of Europe.

The Parliamentary Assembly will discuss this tomorrow and if it gives the green light, then the Council of Europe's Council of Ministers must give the final word in May.