Chances for Kosovo to get visa
liberalisation as a gift for Christmas are grim. In addition to Germany, other
EU members are reluctant in granting Kosovo citizens visa liberalisation any
time soon, until the Kosovo delivers concrete results in fighting organised
crime and corruption, diplomatic sources in France told Gazeta Express.
“Kosovo is required to fulfil certain
conditions in return of visas, including rule of law and fight against
organised crime and corruption,” a diplomatic source told Gazeta Express. The source
said that in addition to France who are not convinced to grant Kosovo visa free
regime, there are other countries who think that Kosovo has not fulfilled all
the EU’s conditions, adding that Paris will closely monitor Kosovo’s progress
in fighting organised crime and corruption.
“France believes, jointly with some other
countries, that Kosovo has not fulfilled all the conditions, and is closely following
developments in the rule of law area and in fighting organised crime and
corruption,” an unnamed source told Gazeta Express.
“Positive developments in this field, such
as adoption of some laws on the rule of law area by the Parliament of Kosovo
and reformation of judiciary in particular, are insufficient to produce
tangible results. Continuous implementation of reforms is vital in order for
the laws to be fully implemented,” the source said adding that the visa
liberalisation will be addressed by the EU Council only after the EU member
countries are convinced that all conditions have been met.
German Member of Bundestag Peter Beyer
during a recent visit to Pristina stated that Kosovo can get visa
liberalization as a gift for Christmas. However, waving visas by the end of
this year is unlikely considering the change of power in Kosovo after 6 October