Kosovo has fulfilled all benchmarks set out in the European Union’s Visa Liberalisation Roadmap, according to the European Commission. Two years ago, the Commission had proposed to the European Council to grant EU visa-free travel for the people of Kosovo, on the understanding that the two requirements would be met by the time of the adoption of the proposal.
“Kosovo has made great progress over the last two years to fulfil the two remaining visa liberalisation requirements,” European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said on July 18. “Today, we can confirm that both outstanding benchmarks have now been met, and that all other benchmarks continue to be met. I also count on Kosovo to continue addressing both migration and security challenges, including the fight against corruption. I now call on the European Parliament and the Council to swiftly adopt our proposal on lifting visa requirements for Kosovo citizens. This will be an important moment for Kosovo, for the entire Western Balkan region, and for Europe as a whole.”
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