Unlawful migration prevents the liberalization of visas, says EU ambassador Zbogar

Unlawful migration prevents the liberalization of visas, says EU ambassador Zbogar

Pristina, March 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

EU ambassador to Pristina, Samuel Zbogar said today that in order to start the process of the liberalization visas for Kosovo, the number of Kosovo migrants moving to the EU must be reduced.

During a meeting with the parliamentary committee for European Integration, he has demanded from Kosovo authority to send a report on this process, which will then be analyzed by the EU, in order to assess if the criteria have been met. Meanwhile, he said that the fact that independence has not been recognized by five EU countries will not be a problem for the visa liberalization.

“The fact that five EU member countries have not recognized Kosovo’s independence, is not a problem for Kosovo. There are many other reasons why the process has been blocked. If there was not such a high level of migration, then Kosovo would be treated like other countries. Migration is an obstacle and it hasn’t helped this process”, said the European diplomat.

“As far as the visa liberalization process is concerned, we’re expecting the Kosovo authorities to issue us a report on the progress of work and we’re hoping for the number of emigrants to go down in order for us to recommend the liberalization of visas. I hope that this process will soon be finalized”, he said.

Zbogar also confirmed the agenda for the signature of the Stability and Association Agreement by saying that the preparation of this agreement will be finalized in April of this year, in order for it to be signed during the summer.

“The signing of SAA leads to the start of cooperation with the EU for the integration of Kosovo. Currently, Kosovo is at the focus of the EU, while SAA comes as a result of this cooperation”, Zbogar said. /ibna/