In 2008, the EU reiterated that Kosovo* had a clear European perspective in line with the European perspective of the Western Balkans region, hence the potential candidate status that Kosovo* has currently. In October 2012, the European Commission issued a Feasibility Study for a SAA between the EU and Kosovo*, concluding Kosovo* readiness to open negotiations for Stabilisation and Association Agreement, once agreed specific steps are taken.

Legal framework covering the main horizontal environmental acquis, EU air quality standards and nature conservation is already in place. The alignment with European standards in the area of environment and climate change remains at an early stage, and the implementation and enforcement of existing legislation should be enhanced. In line with the obligations from SAA, Kosovo needs to further enhance the administrative capacities in order to complete the legal framework in accordance with the EU standards.

The main beneficiary institution of ECRAN in Kosovo* is Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning.

1This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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