EP: Visa liberalisation is vital for Kosovo

EP: Visa liberalisation is vital for Kosovo

MEPs welcome the legislation passed within the European Reform Agenda , but express concern at the lack of cross-party consensus and lingering political polarisation in Kosovo, which continues to adversely affect the path to sustainable reform.

To bring Kosovo closer to the EU, visa liberalisation is vital to Kosovo without undue delay. MEPs welcome that the European Commission has confirmed that the visa liberalisation benchmarks have been fulfilled. This comes notwithstanding critical concerns about Kosovo’s under-financed judiciary, widespread corruption, elements of state capture and undue political influence and due process, which all need to be addressed beyond the progress made on meeting visa liberalisation requirements.

The resolution takes note that five EU member states have not yet recognised Kosovo and invites them to do so, since this would ease relations between Kosovo and neighbouring Serbia. The resolution was approved by 42 votes to 10 with 6 abstentions./Ibna/