European Parliaments’ Igor Šoltes and Tanja Fajon welcome positive news from Kosovo

European Parliaments’ Igor Šoltes and Tanja Fajon welcome positive news from Kosovo

Kosovo Parliament has just adopted the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.  MEP Igor Šoltes (Group of the Greens/EFA), European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Kosovo, and MEP  Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD), European Parliament’s Rapporteur for visa liberalisation for Kosovo, have both welcomed this positive news from Kosovo.

 MEP Igor Šoltes (Group of the Greens/EFA), European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Kosovo commented: “Today’s decision of Kosovo Parliament on border demarcation with Montenegro is a big day for the citizens of Kosovo. I strongly welcome that political actors finally managed to overcome internal disagreements and acted in the best interest of their nation. Today the wagon which was heading towards isolation was put on the right path again, that is towards the EU future!”

 “By this decision a very important and big step towards visa liberalization has been made and free movement of people, one of the main principles of the EU, can now become a reality. It is high time that Kosovo citizens enjoy the same opportunities and get the same treatment as its neighbours. If only few months ago looked like this step will be very difficult to achieve, it was now proved that wisdom and responsibility have prevailed,” stated Igor Šoltes (Group of the Greens/EFA).

 “As one of the main obstacles has been removed, all eyes will now be on the EU and its institutions to approve the visa free regime for Kosovo, as they promised to do when all requirements are fulfilled. The European Parliament will call on the European Commission to present its conclusions as soon as possible and give the green light for the visa free regime for Kosovo” said Igor Šoltes (Group of the Greens/EFA).

 “Kosovo is back on track towards the EU integration and I expect to see this kind of commitment also in achieving other difficult, yet very important reforms. As we know, Kosovo still needs to continue deliver results in fighting organised crime and corruption,” concluded Igor Šoltes.

 MEP  Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD), European Parliament’s Rapporteur for visa liberalisation for Kosovo commented: “Congratulations to our friends, partners and to citizens of Kosovo. Today’s adoption of the border demarcation agreement in Kosovo Parliament is an important step for EU visa liberalisation for Kosovar citizens and a sign of a true commitment in succeeding in that process. I strongly welcome that Kosovo parliament has finally overcome a crucial hurdle on Kosovo’s path to fulfilling the conditions before EU visas can be lifted for Kosovar citizens.”

 “I remain strongly committed to that process. I expect that Kosovo government will be able to prove soon to the European Commission that sufficient progress as regards the track record on corruption has been achieved, too. In this vain, I call on the Commission to endorse Kosovo progress and recognise immediately that the two remaining conditions for the visa liberalisation have been met, said Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD).

 “I am ready to put the report on visa liberalisation to the vote in the European Parliament immediately after the Commission has given its green light. We must not lose precious time anymore. Citizens of Kosovo sincerely deserve to travel to Europe freely, which will also further strengthen economic and political cooperation as well as people-to-people contacts, cultural and social ties between with Europe. I hope to welcome Kosovo in visa-free area as soon as possible”, said Tanja Fajon (S&D/SD). /ibna/