The European Commission states that it does not plan a new roadmap for visa liberalization for Kosovo.
The Commission clarified that it defends the position that Kosovo has met all the conditions for free movement.
Ana Pisonero, spokeswoman for the European Commission for Neighborhood and Enlargement, following the EC’s position, told KosovaPress that the decision to abolish visas for Kosovo citizens is too late.
“The Commission continues to stand behind the assessment from July 2018, that Kosovo has met all the criteria from the roadmap for visa liberalization of 2012, which relate to repatriation and reintegration, document security, migration and border management, security and public order, as well as fundamental rights related to freedom of movement. The decision to abolish visas for the citizens of Kosovo is a very late decision, which is pending in the Council “, said in the reply of the EC spokesman.
The response further states that once visa liberalization is in place, the European Commission will monitor the continued implementation of the requirements arising from the Stabilization and Association process and the visa suspension mechanisms.
“We understand that some Member States continue to have concerns about issues such as the fight against corruption, false asylum applications and document security, which are covered by the roadmap. The Commission remains ready to support additional work between Member States and the Kosovo authorities to address these issues. “We are not talking about any new guidelines,” the response reads.
The clarification from the EC spokesman comes after the statement of the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, who mentioned the possibility of an additional roadmap to address some specific concerns about visa liberalization for Kosovo.