Kosovo is expected to benefit the visa free travel regime along with Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey

Kosovo is expected to benefit the visa free travel regime along with Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey

Pristina, 2 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The European Commission (EC) is expected to recommend on Wednesday the liberalization of visas in the Schengen area for the citizens of Kosovo.

The head of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has expressed the full support of the European Union for the liberalization of visas for Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey and Kosovo.

The European Commission has proposed to the European Union Council and European Parliament to lift the visa regime for the citizens of these countries within the next six months.

The lifting of the visa regime for Turkey was part of the 6 billion euro agreement in exchange of accepting refugees deported from Europe.

After a visit to Brussels, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa expressed his optimism about the liberalization of visas.

“We have discussed many topics in Brussels with president Juncker and high representative Mogherini. Progress in Kosovo has been identified in all fields, especially in terms of delivering the criteria for the liberalization of visas”, Mustafa declared.

But, PM Mustafa has not given an accurate date as to when the liberalization can take place, as all of this depends on Brussels now and not on the institutions of Kosovo.

He says that based on the talks that he’s had with EU representatives, he has said that Kosovo has met all the criteria needed to benefit the visa free regime.

Meanwhile, experts of European affairs told IBNA that the EU’s decision to lift the visa regime for the countries mentioned above is a political decision.

Professor of European law, Llokman Murtezani told IBNA that the lifting of the visa regime for Turkey was part of the 6 billion euro agreement in exchange of this country accepting refugees deported from Europe.

“Kosovo is benefiting the lifting of visas not thanks to the fight against organized crime and corruption, but because the European Union is under great pressure to0 lift visas for nearly 80 million Turkish citizens”, Murtezani said.

According to him, countries such as Kosovo, Turkey, Ukraine have great problems with human rights, organized crime and corruption. /balkaneu.com/