the former Slovak foreign minister, Miroslav Lajcak, is expected to become the EU’s special representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the Western Balkans, Radio Free Europe (RFE) has reported.
According to a document seen by RFE, Lajcak will assume the post for a period of one year on 2 April, a day after the EU ambassadors are expected to give their go-ahead for his appointment.
The working document from Monday (30 March) specifies that Lajcak’s first task would be to achieve a “comprehensive normalisation of relations” between Serbia and Kosovo. This should be achieved through “a legally binding agreement that addresses all outstanding issues between the parties in accordance with international law, and contributing to regional stability,” the document says.
The document also states that Lajcak’s mandate will include work on improving neighbourly relations and reconciliation in the entire Western Balkans, increasing the EU’s visibility through public diplomacy and contributing to the unity, consistency and efficiency of EU activities in the region.
Lajcak, who was nominated for the post by EU High Representative Josep Borrell on 20 March, resigned as Slovakia’s foreign minister earlier this month after holding the post for eight years. From 2007 to 2009, Lajcak also served as high representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (EURACTIV.rs betabriefing.com)