EU Representatives Agree for Kosovo Visa Liberalisation to Come Into Effect on January 1, 2024

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Authorities in the European Union Member States have reached an agreement that visa liberalization for Kosovo to become effective on January 1, 2024.

Such an announcement has been made by the recent report of Radio Free Europe, while the same has stressed that the agreement was reached during a meeting of visa advisers held in Brussels, on Tuesday, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Previously, the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union requested that Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process be finished on December 1, 2023.

The issue of visa liberalisation for citizens of Kosovo was discussed for the first time in the meeting of the working group of the European Council on October 13.

Soon after the meeting, it was reported that France proposed Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process be linked with the operationalisation of the European Travel Information and Authorisation Process (ETIAS) and that such a proposal was supported by Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands including Spain.

After the meeting on October 13, SchengenVisaInfo.com asked authorities in Spain if they would support the proposal of France in the next meeting of the working group which was set to be held on November 9.

But, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain said that the position of EU countries regarding the issue would be clarified on November 9, thus not providing any details regarding their position.

“The subject has just begun to be dealt with in Brussels, and it will follow its normal procedure throughout which the positions of the different Member States will be specified,” Elena Aljarilla, from the press department of Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Previously, the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU announced that it supported the proposal of France that Kosovo’s visa liberalization process be connected with the functionalization of ETIAS.

In addition, the Czech Presidency told SchengenVisaInfo.com that it wants to see a positive decision in the Council by the end of 2022 regarding this issue. In addition, the Czech Presidency also stressed that it would like to see an approved timeline as to when the visa liberalisation for Kosovo would become effective.

However, recently, Spain suggested that Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process be finalised on January 1, 2024. Besides, it was also reported that Spain was among the countries that asked for more clarification regarding this process together with Sweden and Slovakia.

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