The twenty-seven approved Thursday the appointment of the Czech Tomá Szunyog as the new special representative in Kosovo, a position he will take on September 1, when he replaces the Bulgarian Natalya Apostolova, who has been prominent in the field since July 2016.
The role of the European Special Representative is to help promote a “stable, viable, peaceful, democratic and multiethnic” Kosovo, to strengthen stability in the region and to improve cooperation and neighborhood relations in the region, he said. the Council of the EU in a statement.
The European Union welcomes Kosovo’s European perspective, which it supports through a Stabilization and Association Agreement, although five of its 27 Member States – Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia – do not recognize Kosovo’s independence. Serbia was self-proclaimed by Kosovo in 2008.
With the announcement of the appointment of the Czech diplomat as the new EU representative in Kosovo, the Council stressed in its statement that this appointment is “without prejudice to the status” of the territory and is in line with the resolution. the United Nations.