Another IBM Meeting took place in Brussels

Prishtina, 22 November 2013

On 22 November 2013, the delegation of the Republic of Kosovo headed by Deputy Prime Minister Edita Tahiri stayed in Brussels and participated [1]in the next meeting on implementation of the Integrated Border Management (IBM) agreement. In this bilateral meeting between the delegation of Kosovo and the EU delegation led by Bernd Thran, there was discussion about relevant aspects of the implementation of the IBM Agreement.

Initially, both parties positively assessed the course of the implementation of this agreement, pointing out that European interstate cooperation standards have already been established between Kosovo and Serbia in issues related to integrated management of state border, while there is ongoing work to further advance this cooperation.

To this end, the EU party confirmed that on 25 November 2013 the European system of electronic data exchange system will be launched, aiming at increasing customs control and preventing negative phenomena.

The EU representatives also informed that European Union is committed to having Kosovo included (in an equal way) in regional initiatives and organizations in line with the Agreement on regional cooperation, and the special emphasis here was put on the participation in security regional organizations.

During the meeting, there was also a discussion on other important issues related to the implementation of the IBM agreement and the parties agreed to have the next meeting organized soon.