Brexit’s impact on Kosovo’s European agenda

Brexit’s impact on Kosovo’s European agenda

Pristina, 30 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Great Britain’s exist from the European Union will not have an impact on the process of the liberalization of the visa regime for Kosovo.

This is the evaluation of the Kosovo authorities, hoping that until the end of the year, citizens will be able to travel without visas in European countries.

Minister of European Integration, Bekim Collaku says that Britain’s exit from the EU will take time, while the liberalization of visas will happen this year.

“Britain’s exit will take time, while the liberalization of visas is approaching. We’re nearing the decision of the European Parliament and the EU Council. I’m hoping for the period of fall, but I couldn’t specify a month, because when things don’t depend on us, we’d better not speculate, but I am sure that this year, citizens of Kosovo will move freely and without visas”, Collaku said.

According to him, Great Britain will help Kosovo in this process. “I’m sure that the role of the British will be very positive, as it has been in the past. Thus, there are no direct negative effects as far as the process for the liberalization of visas is concerned”, he said.

Kosovo’s ambassador to London, Lirim Greicevci says that Brexit will not have an impact on Kosovo’s process for the liberalization of visas.

“Brexit will not have an impact, as Britain has not been part of decision making on this issue, because it is not a member of Schengen”, he says.

He says that Great Britain has been and shall remain one of the biggest allies of Kosovo in the EU.

“Britain has constantly encouraged other countries not to deny Kosovo of its European future. However, although Britain will exit the EU, it will continue to support Kosovo”, he added.

Meanwhile, European law professor, Llokman Murtezani told IBNA that the dynamic of the visa liberalization will change after Brexit.

“The dynamic agenda of the European Union now that the British have decided to leave the EU family, the waves of refugees and threats for terrorist attacks indicate that no deadline can be set on the liberalization of visas for the citizens of Kosovo”, Murtezani says.

Murtezani adds that the European are discussing a mechanism for the suspension of the visa regime in case states fail to manage migration in an efficient way. /