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Lunacek to Kosovo institutions: Fulfill criteria; citizens deserve visa free regime

Ulrike Lunacek

BRUSSELS – Vice President of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Kosovo, Ulrike Lunacek, called on the Assembly and Government of Kosovo, to be more responsible towards Kosovo citizens.

Lunacek said that Kosovo institutions should urgently fulfill the two remaining criteria on visa liberalization. Lunacek’s statement came after the European Commission, Parliament and Council of the EU, agreed on suspension mechanisms on visa liberalization, for countries which already enjoy visa free regime with the EU, in case of misuse or massive migration dangers. “The decision for suspension means that Ukraine and Georgia are moving in the right direction and Kosovo should use this momentum! It is a good chance and I call on the Assembly and Government of Kosovo to act responsibly towards their citizens who deserve visa free regime, and urgently fulfill the two remaining vcriteria in order to move this issue at the EU high levels,” said Lunacek in a statement to Radio Free Europe.

The EU has conditioned visa liberalization with ratification of the Agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro and fighting organized crime and corruption. The Agreement on border delineation with Montenegro is being opposed by opposition claiming that the country is losing more than 8000 hectares with this Agreement.

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