In an interview with BIRN, MEP Tanjа Fajon urges Kosovo’s politicians to take decisive action – if they want their citizens to eventually enjoy visa-free travel into the EU’s passport-free Schengen area.
Tanja Fajon, the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Kosovo on the process of visa liberalization, told BIRN that the time when Kosovo citizens will be able to travel freely in the EU’s Schengen area depends on various factors.
She said that Kosovo, which must complete the controversial border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and fight corruption – all at a time when the atmosphere on the European side is far less encouraging than it once was when it comes to open borders.
We have a lot of problems resulting from several crises going on, like the recent migration crisis, and like any interior border controls that have been introduced, limiting the freedom of movement in Europe, she noted.
In such circumstances, it is, of course, more difficult to get new countries inside the visa-free regime, Fajon said.
However, she said everybody expects the Kosovo politicians to start to deliver on the most important criteria set out by the EU as conditions for moving forward.
If Kosovo delivers one of the issues that are on the table, we can go step by step. Maybe that is not going to happen soon, but it is, time is to deliver. I don’t see any other way out in this complex situation, she said.
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