Kosovo is yet to deliver the visa liberalization criteria

Kosovo is yet to deliver the visa liberalization criteria

Pristina, February 18, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, held a meeting on Wednesday morning with members of the cabinet of the Republic of Kosovo (photo).

In this meeting, Hahn said that the finalization of the talks for the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), strengthens the integrating path of Kosovo and according to him, this agreement is expected to be signed in a few months, sometimes in Spring.

Speaking about the process of the liberalization of visas, the European diplomat said that Kosovo has marked progress in this aspect, but according to him, more must be done. With this, he rejected the declarations issued by the Kosovo authorities that “all the criteria for the visa liberalization have been delivered”.

Hahn told ministers that they have to address the issues recommended by the Progress Report, where he has mentioned the reform in the administration,  business climate, reforms for the economic development and the necessary reforms for an independent judicial system.

Mr. Hahn has also talked about the dialogue with Serbia and the implementation of the agreements that have been reached, which according to him, is a very important issue for Kosovo, for its path toward integration in the European Union.

He promised that the EU will continue to back Kosovo in its path, with EU as its final destination, although he said that time is needed for this.

On his part, Kosovo’s PM, Isa Mustafa said that Kosovo is determined to be integrated in the European Union, by saying that fight against organized crime and corruption are a priority of the government.

“The visa liberalization remains one of the high priorities. We can say that we have delivered the criteria for the liberalization of visas”, declared Mustafa, who promised that more efforts will be done for the reforms mentioned by Hahn.

PM Mustafa also talked about illegal migration, saying that the government will work in order for people to have better conditions of living in the country.

“We’re taking measures in order to stop the process of migration and we’re working with all ministries to repatriate them. We take responsibility for bringing them back and for offering them better living conditions”, said Mustafa in the meeting that the government cabinet had with the EU commissioner. /ibna/