“European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini said on Monday that she believes there is a realistic change of Belgrade and Pristina reaching an agreement to normalize their relations soon, adding that she feels that it is time to finally end the conflict.

‘I believe that there is a realistic chance for Presidents (Aleksandar) Vucic and (Hashim) Thaci reaching an agreement on all open issues between Belgrade and Pristina, a comprehensive, legally binding agreement to normalize relations between the two sides, an agreement which is fully in line with international law and which can contribute to the stabilization of the entire region,’ Mogherini told EU member state ambassadors in Brussels.” (N1)

“A US-backed land-swap plan to redraw the borders of Kosovo is facing a growing chorus of criticism inside the republic, in the wider region and internationally.

The Kosovan president, Hashim Thaçi, and his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, have suggested an exchange of territory could be part of a deal that would pave the way for a final settlement between Belgrade and Pristina.

Kosovo broke from Serbia in 1999, and declared its independence in 2008, which Belgrade has never recognised. Vučić and Thaçi have met regularly under the auspices of the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to hammer out a deal that could put Kosovo on the path to a seat at the UN and improve EU accession prospects for both countries.” (The Guardian)

“U.S.-based ContourGlobal has selected four potential investors to build Kosova e Re, a 500 MW coal-fired power plant in Kosovo, expected to cost around 1.3 billion euro ($1.51 billion), the country’s government said on Monday.

ContourGlobal has accepted the expressions of interest submitted by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), a Turkish-Japanese-Spanish consortium comprised of ENKA, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Tecnicas Reunidas, a consortium of companies under US-based General Electric and South Korea-based Hyundai, the government said in a press release.” (See News)

“Members of the European Parliament widely supported a proposal by the European Commission to exempt visas Kosovan citizens from requiring visas to travel to the bloc, even though the country is still not recognized by five states of the Union.

The deputies of the Committee on Home Affairs approved the proposal by 30 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions. The issue will now be taken up by European Council, which is comprised of the leaders of the member states.

Should the visa waiver be approved at the end of the legislative process, Kosovar citizens with a biometric passport will no longer need a visa to travel to EU countries (except Ireland and the United Kingdom) or in countries associated with the Schengen area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) for stays of up to 90 days.” (EU-OCS)