AAK: „Visa liberalisation before the dialogue”

Sala kosovske skupštine
Kosovo parliament 

Members of Parliament from the ruling Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) have submitted, on Thursday, a draft-resolution asking the government of Kosovo not to resume dialogue with Serbia, until the EU makes a final decision on removing visas for citizens of Kosovo, reported Gazeta Express.

In the draft resolution called “Visa liberalisation before the dialogue” it is stated that Kosovo is the only country in the region, whose citizens are not allowed to travel without visas in the Schengen area.

“This exclusion causes serious practical problems for citizens of Kosovo in realizing their professional and family goals,” it is stated in the document which has been already signed by the AAK officials.

The draft resolution of Ramush Haradinaj’s party – the Prime Minister of Kosovo – has been proposed on the same day the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini confirmed the date for the next meeting between President Hashim Thaci and Aleksandar Vucic in the context of the EU-facilitated Dialogue.

For visa liberalisation the main criteria for Kosovo were – the adoption of the demarcation agreement with Montenegro and to further the fight against organized crime. The agreement was in the meantime adopted after an almost a three-year long delay, while Kosovo officials stated that the second criterion is also met. However, there is still no official information what the decision of EU is.

Tanja Fajon, the European Parliament rapporteur on visa liberalisation for Kosovo, said to the Express that she expects the European Commission report on whether Kosovo has fulfilled all the criteria to be published before the summer break.

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