Kosovo has the majority of the Albanian population, but under the agreement, 10 regions with large Serb population will be able to deal with issues such as the local economy and education. The Brussels agreement (Serbian: Briselski sporazum, in Albanian: Marréveshja e Brukselit), formally the first agreement to normalize relations, was concluded between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo on the normalization of their relations.  It was negotiated and concluded in Brussels under the auspices of the European Union, although it was not signed by any of the parties. The negotiations were led by Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dasai and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thai and were negotiated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton. The agreement was reached on April 19, 2013.  The Serbian government does not recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state, but has begun to normalize relations with the Kosovo government in accordance with the Brussels agreement. The notion of normalization of relations remains vague and therefore largely problematic.  Concerns have also been expressed about how the 2013 municipal elections should be held in Kosovo; the Serbian government rejected any mention of the “State of Kosovo” on the ballot papers.  The Serbian government has agreed to encourage Serbs in northern Kosovo to participate in these local elections.  As part of the April 2013 Brussels Agreement, Serbia did not recognize Kosovo`s independence, but agreed to cooperate in such a way as to make it look like a sovereign state. “This is the best possible offer,” Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic told the national press. To reach an agreement, it has used ten meetings at the highest level since last summer. The two men`s past gives an idea of the distance they both travelled.
A long time ago, Dacic was the spokesman for former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. He was a fighter with the Kosovo Liberation Army. The agreement also paves the way for EU membership and raises hopes of a virtuous circle for the whole region. Finally, it is a very welcome success for European diplomacy, embodied by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Eu foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who has acted as mediator, called the agreements “landmark achievements.” The Kosovo Assembly ratified the agreement, incorporated it into a law and treated it as an “international agreement”.  The good news is so tight in Europe, especially in the Western Balkans, that we allow ourselves to be a little celebrated.