There’s no liberalization of visas with the EU without meeting the criteria

There’s no liberalization of visas with the EU without meeting the criteria

Pristina, 2 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The special rapporteur of the European Parliament on Kosovo, Ulrike Lunacek has expressed her regret about the postponement of the ratification of the demarcation agreement with Montenegro.

“European Parliament is serious in its support for Kosovo in the process of the visa liberalization, but Kosovo must deliver both remaining criteria for the liberalization of visas. Demarcation and fight against corruption are issues which must not be put aside”, the European diplomat said.

Meanwhile, Tanja Fajon, rapporteur for the liberalization of visas at the European Parliament, has also reacted: “We must all make efforts to move forward and ratify the demarcation agreement”, she said.

Fajon also calls on Kosovo to meet the remaining criteria for the liberalization of visas and assures that “the plan is to proceed with the voting for the liberalization of the visa regime for Kosovo”. Meanwhile, she adds: “The ball is now on Kosovo’s field”. Committee for civil rights, justice and home affairs, has planned on Monday, 5 September, to vote the lifting of the visa regime for Kosovo, thus giving way to the European Parliament to vote the same process.

In July of this year, this committee should have voted this, but postponed the voting to September with the hope that politicians in Kosovo would find a solution on demarcation.

Yesterday, the government of Kosovo withdrew the bill on the demarcation with Montenegro, saying that “there were unfavorable circumstances and tension in the country”.

Parliament convened on 1 September to discuss the demarcation agreement and to vote the agreement amid protests which were held on the streets by Self Determination. /balkaneu.com/