Liberalization of visas is not that far, says EU Commissioner Avramopoulos

Liberalization of visas is not that far, says EU Commissioner Avramopoulos

Pristina, March 10, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, declared today in Pristina, that there will soon be good news as far as the issue of the liberalization of the visa regime for the citizens of Kosovo is concerned.

He said that he’s optimistic about this process.

“Only with concrete results in the fight against corruption and by preventing crises such as the current one with migration, the citizens of Kosovo will be able to travel without visas”, declared Avramopoulos during a press conference following the meeting with Interior minister, Skender Hyseni and Minister for European Integration, Bekim Collaku.

“I count on your government for the reforms and for your commitment to turn Kosovo into a country with prosperity. I’m very optimistic about our future relations and the day when we will announce the decision for the visas is not far”, Avramopoulos said.

Avramopoulos underlined that the government of Kosovo must work harder for the rule of law and the opening of new jobs.

Meanwhile, Kosovo’s Interior Minister, Skender Hyseni said that he agreed with Mr. Avramopoulos that migration is not the right path that must be followed by people of Kosovo.

Hyseni also said that it’s necessary to remove the visa regime for the citizens of Kosovo as soon as possible.

“Liberalization of visas for Kosovo citizens is a facility which would also help in other aspects of integration. Kosovo must not remain the only country that the visa regime applies on and we also agreed for Kosovo to meet all criteria”, he said.

Meanwhile, minister of European Integration, Bekim Collaku said that the meeting with the EU Commissioner discussed the priorities of Kosovo such as the Stabilization and Association Agreement and the removal of the visa regime. /ibna/