EU Officials In Kosovo To Celebrate Visa-Free Regime

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Federica Mogherini (L) and Isa Mustafa (R) - Photo: Twitter

BELGRADE – EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday congratulated Kosovo on the European Commission’s proposal to lift visa requirements for travellers from Kosovo and stressed the significance of Pristina’s dialogue with Belgrade.

The visa liberalisation will have a positive impact on everyday life as well as politics, she said in Pristina.

“Kosovo is Europe and what we are working on is the European integration of Kosovo,” she told a press conference after a meeting with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa.

The Belgrade-Pristina dialogue has produced many agreements, but impetus must now be given to their implementation on both sides, Mogherini said.

Kosovo is part of the European family and it has made major progress in meeting the required criteria in the field of justice and home affairs, Avramopoulos said.

“Our progress report confirms that Kosovo has met all the requirements of the visa liberalisation roadmap, on the understanding, of course, that by the day of adoption of this proposal by the European Parliament and Council, Kosovo will have ratified the border agreement with Montenegro and strengthened its track record in the fight against corruption and organised crime,” he said.

Mogherini and Avramopoulos visited Pristina a day after the EC proposed that the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament lift visa requirements for travellers from Kosovo for short stays in the Schengen area.

After the meeting with Mustafa, Mogherini also met with Kosovo President Hasim Taci.

Kosovo has signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU that is expected to promote economic growth in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

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