Kosovo's President Says EU Parliament Expects its Visa Liberalisation Status
to Be Granted Soon
Kosovo is officially known as the Republic of Kosovo. It covers a landmass of 10,887 km²
in the center of the Balkans. It has a population of about 1.8 million and only declared
its independence from Serbia in February 2008. Due to its independence from Serbia in 2008,
it is considered only partially a state in South-Eastern Europe.
Since its independence in 2008, it has been on the waiting list for a visa liberalization
agreement with the European Union. Together with other Parliament members of the European
Union, the president thinks it is high time the council granted Kosovo visa liberalization.
The decision to grant Kosovo its visa liberalization agreement with the European Union
Parliament came up after a meeting with Kosovo's president and the EU Parliament president
Roberta Metsol - the president of the European Union Parliament, gave this statement on
Twitter after the meeting: "With President Vjosa Osmani, I welcomed Kosovo alignment with
sanctions against Russia and Belarus. Genuine and continued engagement in Pristina-Belgrade
Dialogue essential for peace and stability in the region".
After the meeting, several dignitaries gave their opinion concerning Kosovo's Visa
Liberalisation. Annalena Baerbock - German foreign minister, reported that for a country
to belong to the EU, it must respect international law. It forms a solid foundation for
emocracy in such countries. She also went on to say that Kosovo has fulfilled its part of
the bargain in the visa liberalization process and called on the EU Parliament to fulfill
its end of the agreement.
Michael Roth - a past German Minister for Europe, said that countries in the Western
Balkan also belong to the European Union and, as such, should derive more benefits from
the union. He called on the EU Parliament to grant Kosovo their visa liberalization agreement
on this premise.
Other renowned dignitaries who have spoken on Kosovo's Visa Liberalisation include Viola
von Cramon - a member of the EU Parliament, foreign ministers of
, and the EU's representative for Foreign
Affairs and Security Policy - Joseph Borell among others.
The government of Kosovo, headed by Vjosa Osmani, has also written a letter to Joseph
Borrell, where they requested for the application process to be fast-tracked. The letter
was signed by Alexander Schallenberg - Austrian Foreign Minister, Jan Lipavský - Czechia's
Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó - Hungarian Foreign Minister, Anže Logar - Slovenian
Foreign Minister, and Ivan Korčok - Slovak Foreign Minister.
In conclusion, the majority of the appeal to grant Kosovo their visa liberalization is
based on the premise that countries in the Western Balkan are also part of the EU and
deserve to be treated as such. They should also partake of the
ETIAS visa waiver
by other European states. Arguments are also made that Kosovo's government has kept its
end of the bargain, requiring the EU to fulfill theirs.
Prominent figures are behind Kosovo on this request to fast-track the process. Micheal
Roth took to Twitter to remind the EU that it always sticks to its promises, and
Kosovo's case should not be an exception.