The European Parliament has once again confirmed its position towards the Kosovo visa liberalization issue. With a majority of 331 votes pro, 126 against and 12 abstentions, the Members of the European Parliament showed they are ready for negotiations with the Council so Kosovars can start traveling to the Schengen area visa-free as soon as possible.
Today’s voting is a reconfirmation of the session that took place on September 13, 2018, during which 420 members supported talks on the abolition of visa regime for Kosovo.
According to a press release of the European Parliament, there have been no negotiations so far since the Council still does not have a position.
“The decision to exempt Kosovars of visa requirements would not affect the individual positions of the EU countries on the status of Kosovo. Five member states (Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain) do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state. If adopted, the visa waiver would allow the citizens of Kosovo to travel to the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period -provided they hold a biometric passport-, for business, tourism or family purposes, but not for work,” the press release reads.