24 Sep 2018

Kosovo's visa regime with the EU is coming to an end

The European Parliament supported negotiations on visa liberalization for Kosovo, following the decision of its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to give the green light for the visa-free regime last month.

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Why this story matters:

Zana, a young Kosovo computer science graduate from the video below produced by Kosovo 2.0 news magazine, dreams of traveling through Europe. But until now, she had to go through humiliating and time consuming visa applications every time she wanted to take a trip to an European country. 

Citizens of Kosovo have been held hostages of bad politics for years now. Their freedom of movement was heavily restricted during years-long negotiations between their government and the EU and fulfilling the never ending list of requirements for visa liberalization.

Zana will, hopefully, soon be able to travel through Europe like the rest of Europeans. It's about time. 

Details from the story:

  • The European Parliament confirmed the decision to enter into inter-institutional negotiations for Kosovo’s visa-free regime with 420 votes in favor, 186 against, and 22 abstentions. 
  • The visa liberalization discussion between the EU and Kosovo started in 2012.
  • Kosovo is the only country in the Western Balkans whose citizens still need visas to travel to the EU. 
  • Visa-free regimes were approved to Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia in 2009, and to Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina a year after. 

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