Experts from Belgrade and Pristina have met for the last time in the working group on registration plates before the deadline for reaching an agreement set for 21 April, and now it is up to the main negotiators to reach an agreement, said EU Special Representative for the Dialogue Miroslav Lajčak.
“Experts from Kosovo and Serbia met for the last time in the working group for license plates, before the deadline of 21 April. They prepared the talks for the main negotiators that will be held tomorrow. Now it is up to the main negotiators to reach an agreement and to move forward”, wrote Lajčak on Twitter.
Lajčak also said that he had spoken with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić about how to make progress in the dialogue and a new high-level meeting between Belgrade and Priština.
“I had a thorough discussion In Belgrade with the President of Serbia on current issues on the agenda and the way to improve the dialogue, including the next high-level meeting”, Lajčak concluded on his Twitter account.
Today in Belgrade, I had an in-depth discussion with @predsednikrs @avucic about the issues currently on the agenda and the way forward in the Dialogue, including the next High-level meeting. pic.twitter.com/2BVp34CFnO— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) April 20, 2022
The main negotiators at the expert level are the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Besnik Bislimi and the Director of the Office for Kosovo of the Government of Serbia Petar Petković, while the dialogue at the high political level is led by Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.
An interim agreement on license plates, according to which white stickers cover state symbols of Kosovo and Serbia, was reached in late September last year to de-escalate the situation in northern Kosovo.
At that time working groups were formed to present a permanent solution for license plates by 21 April at the latest, based on EU standards and practices.
On that occasion, European Union spokesman Peter Stano said that the EU wants to remind both sides once again that it is now urgent to find a common language and that any agreement on license plates requires political flexibility and compromise.