Kosovo likely to get visa-free travel date as a Christmas gift, German MP predicts
German MP and member of the ruling German
party, CDU, Peter Beyer, said his country supports visa liberalisation for
Kosovo citizens, but he gave no deadlines on when Kosovars will be able to
travel visa-free into the EU Schengen area. Bayer during a press conference in Pristina,
after meeting outgoing prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, said the visa
liberalisation date might be a present for Christmas.
“Germany is one of the countries
supporting Kosovo’s integration into the EU and visa liberalisation. We never
set any deadline on when visa liberalisation will happen, we always addressed the
process. It is not just for Kosovo to be the only state without visa liberalisation,
we will have two working groups working on this issue,” Bayer said.
Kosovo prime minister Haradinaj said that
there is no date on waving visas, adding that German Chancellor Angela Merkel
supports integration of the region into the European Union. “I asked Mr. Bayer
to support the region, as the Chancellor has already stated. We have no
deadline on visa liberalisation,” Haradinaj stated. Haradinaj reiterated that
Kosovo’s borders cannot change and expressed regret that the five EU members
have not recognised Kosovo’s independence. “Kosovo should protect its current
borders,” Haradinaj said.
German MP said that future Government of
Kosovo should enter dialogue with Serbia without conditions adding that he is aware
that this is difficult. At the end he gave the message of German Chancellor
Merkel who said that Western Balkans belongs to the European family. /GazetaExpress/