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Avramopoulos: Kosovo ready for visa liberalisation

Dimitris Arvramopulos; Photo: European Union

PRISTINA – European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos stated that Kosovo has fulfilled all the benchmarks needed for visa liberalisation, reports Gazeta Express. According to this news portal, he is expected to announce this at today’s press conference with president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, as well as in tomorrow’s op-ed for Koha.net.

“After many years of serious work and efforts, the Commission now confirms that Kosovo has fulfilled all visa liberalisation standards. Now, we encourage the Council and European Parliament, to move forward with our proposal. I personally hope that we are very close of visa-free regime for the entire region will be established soon,” said Avramopoulos.

Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, who met with High Representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels today, expects that the European Parliament will confirm Commissions recommendation on 29 or 30 August. The decision will then be proceeded to the Council of the European Union, which will vote to finalise the process.

Haradinaj remains optimistic that Kosovo will successfully conclude the visa liberalisation process and Kosovo citizens will finally be able to travel without visas in the EU Schengen area, Gazeta Express reports.

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