Jun 08, 2009

Kosova: Poised To Join Council of Europe


Active ImageThe state of Kosova is set to become the newest member of the Council of Europe, which encompasses 47 member states – most of the European Continent.

 

 

Below is an article published by the New Kosova Report:

Membership in other organizations is not a requirement for a sovereign state of Kosovo to become a full member of the Council of Europe, said the Director General of Democracy and Political Affairs at the Council of Europe EMNI Jean-Louis Laurens, informs Kosovar daily newspaper Lajm.

"There is not a single document that emphasizes the membership in other institutions prior to joining the Council of Europe," said Laurens, adding that "this gives Kosovo a real chance to become a full members of this organization."

"There is not a single document that emphasizes the membership in other institutions prior to joining the Council of Europe " said Laurens, adding that this gives Kosovo a real chance to become a full member of this organization.

To reach the decision regarding the membership of the Republic of Kosovo in the CoE, he explains that only 2/3 votes from country members are needed.

According to Laurens, "Kosovo has already been recognized bilaterally by 2/3 of the Council of Europe members, thus, logically the votes for admission in this organization in fact are not an issue at all because there is no consensus vote rule."  

Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci has revealed that after membership in the International Monetary Fund and the Word Bank, the Republic of Kosovo plans to join other organizations, including the Council of Europe.
 
The Council of Europe gathers 47 Member States, that is to say the near total of the countries of the European continent.