Pristina, 17 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Member of the European Parliament, Tanja Fajon has presented the draft report relating to the process of the liberalization of visas with Kosovo.
Slovenian MEP said that Kosovo delivered more criteria than the other countries of the region for the liberalization of the visa regime.
“Kosovo has met 90 criteria in this process and this number is much more than the criteria that other countries of Western Balkans have had to deliver”, declared Fajon in front of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament.
She said that currently, citizens of Kosovo can only travel to four countries without visas and that this isolation can be removed by scrapping the visa regime.
Although she said that the criteria imposed on Kosovo to ratify the Agreement for the Demarcation with Montenegro has been an extra condition, she has called for the agreement to be ratified and has reminded MEPs that the government of Kosovo is committed on doing such thing.
Addressing the concerns of several countries for eventual consequences in case the visa regime for Kosovo is scrapped, Fajon said that the authorities of Kosovo have now put in place a suitable system of issuing travel documents that have high security standards and that EU member countries have the necessary mechanisms to suspend the visa free regime in case of abuses.
The representative of the European Commission who was present in this debate has confirmed that Kosovo is making a progress in the fight against organized crime and corruption in high levels. /balkaneu.com/