Kosovo is waiting to receive the green light for the liberalization of visas

Kosovo is waiting to receive the green light for the liberalization of visas

Pristina, 4 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Representative of the European Union to Kosovo, Samuel Zbogar has called on institutional leaders in Pristina to focus on meeting the criteria for the liberalization of visas, which according to him, relate to the fight against corruption and money laundering.

“Security and rule of law continue to remain the most sensitive domains. Therefore, the rule of law, fight against corruption and money laundering, must be priorities in order for the report, which is submitted in relation to the visa liberalization, to receive a positive reply”, declared Zbogar in the ninth meeting of the National Council for European Integration presided by the president of Republic, Atifete Jahjaga.

Zbogar said that the European Union is aware of the importance of the process of the liberalization of visas for the citizens of Kosovo, but added that the institutions of the country must work in order to meet the criteria.

President Atifete Jahjaga said that the institutions of Kosovo are in the last stage of meeting the criteria of the European Commission in relation to the visa liberalization process.

“The remainder of the demands depends entirely on us and there exists a general agreement to submit the report at the end of May and invite the European Commission to assess how much the standards have been met”, declared the president.

We are expecting a positive assessment this year which will give way to the process of the liberalization of visas next year, she added.

Kosovo’s PM, Isa Mustafa said that the EU must not allow for the people of Kosovo to remain isolated in a “ghetto”. He warned that the continuation of this situation would be damaging for both Kosovo and the EU.

“The government of Kosovo will make maximum efforts in order to meet its obligations and  deliver its tasks for the liberalization of visas. Meanwhile, the European Commission and EU member countries must provide Kosovo a transparent and fair assessment, not more and not less than what the other countries of the region have been given”, Mustafa said. /ibna/