In 1993, the Council of European Union defined the Copenhagen criteria for countries aspiring to join the European Union (EU), which are of political, economic and legal nature.
Consequently, the aspirations of the Republic of Kosovo to join EU are not only related to political and economic issues, but, above all, to legal issues as well.
In the course of the European integration process, the approximation of domestic legislation with EU legislation (acquis) constitutes one of the main pillars that lead Kosovo’s process towards European integration. In light of the integration process, institutions of the Republic of Kosovo have developed the appropriate legal infrastructure on legal services and standards on drafting legal acts required for approximation of domestic legislation with acuis.
The process of approximation of EU legislation in Kosovo includes a wide variety of activities and commitment of governmental institution regarding the process of planning, drafting, adoption and implementation of domestic legislation in line with EU aquis.
In order to carry out the process of domestic legislation approximation with EU law, the translation of EU aquis in official languages of the Republic of Kosovo assists institutions and all participating stakeholder regarding its usage and correct approximation of domestic legal acts to those of EU.
Department of EU Law within the Ministry of European Integration is key authority in providing professional and legal support to institutional structures of the Republic of Kosovo, in the field of approximation of domestic legislation with UE acquis.
Below are presented legal acts and supporting documents that regulate the field of translation and approximation of domestic legislation with EU acquis.