The process of the liberalization of visas has become political, says Kosovo Interior minister

The process of the liberalization of visas has become political, says Kosovo Interior minister

Pristina, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Interior minister, Skender Hyseni, told members of the parliamentary committee for interior affairs that the visa liberalization process for Kosovo has become political and that the criteria that the country must deliver in order to be granted the liberalization of visas in the Schengen area are being expanded.

“The visa liberalization process has turned into a political issue and has nothing to do with the criteria. The criteria for Kosovo are constantly being expanded”, declared Hyseni in front of MPs.

He said that it’s sad that the most pro European country is totally isolated from Western Europe and that it’s only corridor is Turkey, toward the East.

“Turkey is an ally country and Kosovo’s strategic partner, but we don’t like the fact that our people dream of going beyond Turkey as a result of the isolation from Europe”, Hyseni declared.

Speaking on the work done by the ministry that he leads in relation to the process of the visa liberalization and migration issues, Hyseni said that that he will demand the reviewing of the budget in order to allocate a fund for those people who are repatriated.

Hyseni said that the majority of the citizens of Kosovo are illegally moving to EU countries, for economic reasons.

He declared that the ministry that he chairs will deliver the criteria demanded for the liberalization of visas until May. As far as illegal migration is concerned, Hyseni said that over 4 thousand people have been repatriated last year. /ibna/