06 February 2012
The Head of EULEX, Xavier de Marhnac and the new Head of the EUSR/EU Office in Kosovo, Samuel Zbogar, welcomed the representatives of local authorities, international organization and civil society for an annual EU family reception.
The new Head of the EUSR/EU Office in Kosovo, Samuel Žbogar, emphasized the fact that Kosovo has entered the key phase of its relationship with the EU.
“This is just one manifestation of a positive momentum, on which both the EU and Kosovo need to build. On our side, changes to the EU presence, which have become effective with my appointment, are crucial for deepening relations with Kosovo. The EU presence is now effectively unified. This provides the EU with a single, stronger and clearer voice”, said Žbogar.
EULEX Head of Mission, Xavier de Marnhac, stated that the mission, as one of the main EU bodies in Kosovo had been working very closely with the EUSR/EU Office, and with the Kosovo Institutions. “We are fully conscious that more has to be done and we are committed to this objective in close partnership with the Kosovo authorities. On EULEX´s behalf, I can guarantee our full commitment. But ultimately, it is of the utmost importance that the Kosovo authorities take their share of responsibility”, added Marnhac.
Summarizing the key issues for 2012, De Marnhac and Žbogar also highlighted support for the Dialogue, and unconditional and permanent freedom of movement in the north.