The European Parliament is scheduled to give Wednesday the ‘green light’ on annulment of Schengen visas for Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro as of December 19, Slovenian MEP Tanja Fajon, who prepared the visa liberalization report for Western Balkan countries, said.
Fajon said she was certain that the European Parliament would adopt the report, including Slovenia’s proposal for annulment of Schengen visas on December 19 instead of the European Commission proposal of January 1.
“I believe it is very realistic to expect that citizens of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro will be able to travel freely in the EU as of December 19, in the course of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This would be great news for the people in the region and I hope that the same would be soon offered to the citizens of Bosnia&Herzegovina and Albania once they meet the criteria. The EP is strongly supporting the visa-free regime for all Western Balkan countries”, stressed Fajon.
The Slovenian MEP’s report on abolishment of the Western Balkan visa regime was approved this October by the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, preceded by the Foreign Affairs Committee.
The EU Council of Home Affairs Ministers should adopt the final decision on the visa-free regime for Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro on November 30 or December 1.