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June 6, 2015  Pristina, Kosovo

A GROUP FOR COOPERATION IS ESTABLISHED BY PARLIAMENTS OF KOSOVO AND SERBIA

The Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) organized on June 27, 2015 in Pristina its third roundtable in the series for members of parliaments of Kosovo and Serbia. Participants agreed to institutionalize this parliamentary cooperation through an informal mechanism named “Group for Cooperation.” In June, the group addressed the issue of university diploma recognition. Despite an agreement between Pristina and Belgrade reached in 2011, only five 15 diplomas out of a total of 433 applications have been recognized to date and the process has stalled. It particularly affects Kosovo Serbs who have studied in Serbia and are looking for employment in Kosovo and Albanians from Serbia who have studied in Kosovo and are looking for employment in Serbia. Some speakers said that the process has been suspended because of the lack of appropriate technical procedures and that Belgrade and Pristina are working on it, but the majority of the speakers believe the problems are political rather than technical. They suggested that the European Union, as facilitator of the implementation, should intervene to break the deadlock. The report below offers a brief overview of the roundtable discussions.

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