European Parliament encourages Kosovo to ratify the demarcation agreement for the visa regime to be lifted

European Parliament encourages Kosovo to ratify the demarcation agreement for the visa regime to be lifted

Pristina, 6 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The European Parliament has reconfirmed on Monday that if the criteria are not met, then Kosovo will not be granted the visa liberalization regime.

“One of the 95 criteria that Kosovo must meet to secure the visa liberalization regime is the ratification of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro, a process which is still pending”, says the EP release.

Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs at the European Parliament has not given the green light for the start of negotiations between the Parliament and the EU Council for the formal decision concerning the lifting of the visa regime for Kosovo.

The special rapporteur of the European Parliament for Kosovo’s liberalization of visas, Tanja Fajon, said that it’s now up to Kosovo when it will meet the criteria which have been set out.

“The majority of colleagues at LIBE expressed their concern about the delivery of the two remaining standards, the border demarcation agreement and the intensification of the fight against corruption. Now, everything is in the hands of Kosovo, which must meet the standards before the liberalization is voted on a plenary session”, Fajon said. /balkaneu.com/