EU calls for European behavior, after Vucic`s statements about Kurti

The European Union has again called on the political leaders in Kosova and Serbia to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric and have "European behavior", to help reduce tensions.

The spokesperson of the European Union, Peter Stano, made these statements after reporters’ questions about the statements of the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, who called the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, "terrorist scum", and warned that Serbia will not to participate in the summit organized on December 6 in Tirana between the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans, which are not part of the European bloc.

The spokesperson of the European Commission, Eric Mamer, has said that the Tirana Summit has special importance, especially in the context of the global situation, and the EU expects all leaders to participate in it.

"This is a very important summit and we expect all the leaders of the Western Balkan region to be present, as well as the leaders of the European Union member states."

Stano said that it is important to consider the situation and keep it calm.

"The security situation on the ground is fragile and work must be done to return the Serbs to the institutions of Kosova. Tirana summit is of particular importance, given the geopolitical circumstances," he said.

Vucic's statements about Kurti were made after the decision of the Government of Kosova to appoint Nenad Rashic to the position of Minister for Communities and Returns.

Serbia has considered this decision a violation and has said that Rasić does not represent the Serbs of Kosovo.

Reporters asked Stano if Vucic's statements constitute "European behavior".

"We, as a community of 27 countries, expect all partners to behave in a European manner, and this includes both Serbia and Kosova. This means restraint from inciting statements", said Stano.

Referring to Rashic’s appointment, Stano said that "according to preliminary assessments, his appointment was not by the constitution".

"It is very important that all appointments of ministers are by the Constitution of Kosova. We call on the authorities in Kosova to ensure respect for the constitution. According to our preliminary reading, this appointment is not by the Constitution of Kosova".

The position in which Rashic was appointed was held by Goran Rakic until the beginning of November when he resigned due to the decision of the Government of Kosova to re-register illegal Serbian license plates in the north of Kosovo.

For the same reason, other Serbian officials from the north have also resigned from Kosova's institutions.

In recent years, Rasic has acted as a Serbian opposition politician in Kosovo.

Before the formation of Serb List in 2013 - the largest party of Serbs in Kosova - he was an MP of the Assembly of Kosova and part of the Government.

In 2020, the prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, appointed Rasic as the director of the Office for Communities, but he resigned after an indictment was filed against him by the Special Prosecutor's Office.

Meanwhile, the Basic Court in Prishtina has acquitted him of the indictment for "misuse of official position and authority".