The program of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU is published, will the liberalization of visas for Kosovo be in focus
The Czech Republic has taken over from France to lead the EU Council Presidency for the next six months. The Czech Presidency has published its program with the priorities it will have in the last six months of 2022.
In the 67-page program, it is said that special attention will be paid to the developments in the Western Balkans, after the Russian aggression in Ukraine, with special emphasis on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, reports Rhewal.
“The Czech Presidency will support the political dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans and will focus on the impact of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine in the region. Special attention will be paid to the developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo”, the program states.
Visa liberalization for Kosovo is not mentioned in the program of the Czech presidency, but the focus will be on the expansion of the Schengen zone including Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
In October, the Czech Republic will also organize a Ministerial Conference with the countries of the Western Balkans and countries from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Turkey.
“The Czech Presidency will organize the Ministerial Conference of the Prague Process in October 2022 with the participation of the Western Balkan countries, countries from Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Turkey, which will aim to confirm and strengthen the countries’ commitments in all areas of cooperation “, it is said further.
France has led the presidency of the EU Council from January 1 to June 30, 2022. During this period, there was no push forward on the issue of visa liberalization for Kosovo.