European Commission prepares the report for the visa free regime with Kosovo

European Commission prepares the report for the visa free regime with Kosovo

Pristina, April 3, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

European Commission has prepared and is soon expected to publish the evaluating report of the fulfillment of criteria for the liberalization of visas by Kosovo. The report will be used by the government to undertake the necessary reforms relating to this process.

These comments were made today (03.04) by the EU ambassador to Pristina, Samuel Zbogar during the launch of the project “Strengthening of capacities for criminal investigations against organized crime and corruption”. This is a twinning project between the Republic of Kosovo, Germany and Hungary.

Zbogar said that the report of the two EU evaluating missions for the visa liberalization guideline will describe the strengths and weaknesses in the five main blocks that relate to this issue.

“We will lay the foundations for further work and the reforms which will be undertaken by the government of Kosovo through the twinning, our office and EULEX to support the government of Kosovo in order for its citizens to travel without visas in the Schengen area”, said he.

Minister of European Integration, Vlora Citaku, who was present in this activity, said that with the lifting of the visas, obligations and responsibilities of the institutions of Kosovo are increased, especially in securing borders and preventing illegal migration.

“Strengthening of capacities for criminal investigations against organized crime and corruption” twinning project will be implemented in a period of 30 months by Germany and Hungary.

The project amounts to 1.8 million Euros and aims to support the police of Kosovo and other law enforcement institutions in preventing organized crime and corruption. /ibna/