Kosovo Can Join Visa Liberalisation

resizer120Kosovo will be included in European visa liberalisation if it meets the necessary conditions, the vice-president of the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Jacques Barrot said Kosovo would be treated like other Balkan countries, during a press conference which closed a two-day conference called Building Migration Partnerships.

“Kosovo, like the other countries, needs to meet the conditions set for all the Balkan countries,” Barrot said, according to Serbia’s B92. 

“The answer is yes [Kosovo can be part of visa liberalisation], provided Kosovo accepts the commitment to implement certain principles that are necessary if we want to simplify the visa regime,” the EC vice-president said at the event organised by the Czech EU presidency in Prague.

The news comes just days after the Special Advisor for EU enlargement, Erhard Busek, said that the Schengen visa regime could be abolished by the end of the year for Serbian citizens. The same announcement came from Serbian Interor Minister, Ivica Dacic.

“The abolishment of visas is supposed to occur during the Swedish EU presidency in the second half of 2009,” Busek told the Belgrade daily Blic.

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