Kosovo: Majority and opposition have different expectations about the liberalization of the visa regime

Kosovo: Majority and opposition have different expectations about the liberalization of the visa regime
Majority and opposition in Kosovo share different opinions about the liberalization of the visa regime.

Kosovo’s minister of European Integration, Dhurata Hoxha is confident that this will be the year when citizens of Kosovo travel to EU member countries without the need of a travel visa.

“Government of Kosovo has recently passed 11 laws which are meant to help in the fight against corruption. There are hopes that this year, citizens of Kosovo will travel freely in the EU member countries, like citizens of our neighbouring countries do.  On 17 April we expect to see what the European Commission progress report has to say about Kosovo”, she says.

Meanwhile, representatives of opposition parties are skeptic about this process.

Self Determination Party MP, Fitore Pacolli says that despite the declarations made by the government that Kosovo has made positive steps about the fight against corruption and organized crime, the main condition for the liberalization of the visa regime has not been delivered.

“As a result, the visa regime will not be liberalized this year. The EU enlargement strategy admits for the first time that there’s state capture in all the Balkan states, including Kosovo. This is the first time and we hope that this won’t be the last time when the EU is direct about the real situation”, Pacolli says.

Pacolli has mentioned the report drafted by 3 independent European experts, hired by the European Union, which reveals that institutions of Kosovo have failed and that they have not made any progress in the fight against corruption and organized crime.

“This report will be taken into account by all member states before taking a decision in favour or against the liberalization of the visa regime”, Self Determination Party MP says.

Kosovo is the only country in the region which has not been granted the visa free travel regime. The delays encountered in this process have had a negative impact on businesses, students and many other social categories. /ibna/

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