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Association of Municipalities, Prime Minister Hoti expresses optimism, Lëvizja Vetëvendosje wave of criticism
Written by Sonila Elezi 19 Tetor 2020
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti has expressed positiveness for the Association of Kosovo Municipalities to launch formal cooperation with the Congress of Local and Regional Government of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, to promote European standards of local democracy. Through a post on his personal Facebook account, Prime Minister Hoti said that this cooperation will help assess the level of implementation of the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in Kosovo, and will develop a roadmap for municipalities and institutions. to strengthen local democracy in Kosovo. "Through this cooperation, municipalities will be helped to strengthen their capacities through the exchange of best practices with municipalities in EU countries. The Government of Kosovo will assist in this regard,
LVV skeptical of the Association of Serbian Municipalities
While the Association of Kosovo Municipalities has started cooperating with those of the EC, the Association of Serbian Municipalities is one of the hottest topics, and has even led to the de facto suspension of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. Vetëvendosje Movement has stated that it does not trust the statements of Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti that it will not open the topic of the Association of Serbian Municipalities with Serbia. This party claims that the fact that the Prime Minister changes his position so often makes him be classified as a politician and Prime Minister whom they can not trust. This party estimates that in the current circumstances where the country is asked to change the Constitution to adapt to the statute of the KSA, there can be no good final agreement for Kosovo. Member of the leadership of the Vetëvendosje Movement, at the same time Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, Arbërie Nagavci, stated for the Kosovar media that the topic of the establishment of the Association of Serbian Municipalities should be closed for Kosovo, while expressing concern over the statements that in the country there was agreement for its implementation. "The first work, sir. Hoti is not one who has not changed his attitudes. We have seen not from month to month, but from day to day change of statements. What he says today does not mean tomorrow, and that is not a good thing. On the other hand, regarding the association, he used statements that the issue of the association is a closed topic, but he also said that we have an agreement of 2013 and that of 2015 and we have the decision of the Constitutional Court. And that her decision made the 2015 and 2013 agreements unenforceable. But he mentioned them all. "So from his past and here we have to keep in mind we can not believe the words he says," she said. Nagavci further said that in a meeting with the leader of LVV, Albin Kurti, the EU envoy for dialogue Miroslav Lajcak did not mention the issue of the Association of Serbian Municipalities. "Lajçak has not opened this issue at all with Lëvizja Vetëvendosje and I believe that he as a diplomat is clear that for LVV as in 2013-2015 and today it is a closed topic and to say the right only for LVV is closed topic. He knows that this topic can not be discussed with us, especially after the decision of the Constitutional Court in December 2015. Now this topic should not be in any of our parties and institutions. "The statement that there was compliance is disturbing."