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Kosovo Waiting for Visa Liberalization for 10 Years

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News / Politics | 19.01.22 | access_time 15:59

Pristina (BETA/Andrija Igic)

It’s been 10 years since Kosovo opened negotiations with the European Commission to lift visa requirements for Kosovo citizens, but they still cannot move freely across Europe, despite a consensus that Kosovo has met liberalization criteria supported by the Commission, Kosovo media reported on Jan. 19.

The talks began on Jan. 19, 2012, and aside from a regular set of criteria, Kosovo had to address a few more, including a demarcation line with Montenegro.

The decade was the longest status quo in the region, and only Georgia stayed in the visa queue four years.

Unlike Kosovo, it took Albania and Bosnia three years to start enjoying a visa-free regime, and Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia completed a visa liberalization dialogue in two years, the Kosovo Institute for European Policies showed in a graph published by the Kosovo Online portal.

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