Two Committees of the Assembly issue a joint statement on visas
The Committee of the Assembly of Kosovo for Foreign Affairs and the Committee for European Integration through a joint statement have said that they oppose any roadmap, additional steps or re-evaluation of the criteria for visa liberalization for Kosovo, writes Rhewal.
These two Commissions have considered inadmissible the statement of the Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, who has mentioned an additional roadmap to address specific issues.
“We are ready to help Kosovo, together with member states, establish a roadmap for addressing specific concerns,” the commissioner said.
In a joint statement, the two Commissions said that the abolition of the visa regime for Kosovars is an urgent issue.
Joint Statement of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and the Committee on European Integration of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo
The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and the Committee on European Integration of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, through this joint statement, consider harmful and contrary to the spirit of solidarity and European unity the tendency that visa liberalization and the abolition of the visa regime for citizens of Kosovo to be discussed outside the decision of the European Commission of 2018, where it was concluded that Kosovo has met the conditions and criteria for the abolition of the visa regime.
On June 27, 2022, the meeting of the inter-parliamentary commissions “EU Enlargement Policy, after the occupation of Ukraine by Russia” was held, organized by the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, Mr. David McAllister, in collaboration with the Legislative Dialogue Unit of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments, where in addition to MEPs, also participated MPs from the national parliaments of many EU member states, but also candidate and potential candidates.
In this meeting, the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Mr. Olivér Várhelyi, in his speech stated that Kosovo is waiting for visa liberalization and that we should move forward with this issue, where among other things he quoted: “We are ready to help Kosovo together with the member states, to establish a guidelines for addressing specific concerns. Authorities of member countries, law enforcement agencies, police forces need to be engaged on the ground to assist Kosovo. “On our part, we are ready to give Kosovo all the financial, technical and political assistance for this process.”
The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration oppose any roadmap, additional steps or reassessment of the criteria for visa liberalization for citizens. Moreover, the statement of the EU Commissioner is in complete contradiction with the last published Report of the European Commission, in 2018, in which the report was reconfirmed that Kosovo has met all the criteria regarding the liberalization process. of visas. We take this opportunity to present the urgent need for the abolition of the visa regime without delay and that we are ready to address any questions that may arise towards the rapid and urgent implementation of the recommendation of the European Commission in 2018 to lift the visa regime. visas for Kosovo citizens, as the only Europeans who do not enjoy this right.