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Head of EU Office in Kosovo: Visa issue in the hands of the Presidency of the Council and member states

The Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Tomas Szunyog, in a video conference with the media on Wednesday, in which Gazeta Express also participated, said that the decision on visa liberalization to be included in the EU Council presidency should be made by the Council of the European Union, in this case Germany.

Asked by the Gazeta Express whether the EU should take a step forward and lift the visa regime for Kosovo, Ambassador Szunyog said that this can only be achieved by consensus of EU member states, adding that yesterday’s report of the European Commission has again recommended to the Council that visa liberalization be put on the agenda

“The European Commission in July 2018 confirmed that Kosovo has met all the criteria for visa liberalization and the report published yesterday recommends that the EU Council put the issue of visa liberalization on the agenda as soon as possible,” he said. “What I can say is that it is at the discretion of the Presidency of the Council what should be put on the agenda of the Council and this should also have the consensus of the member states.”

Meanwhile, the German government today confirmed to Gazeta Express that the visa liberalization agenda for Kosovo will not be on the agenda of the EU Council to be held on October 15-16. /GazetaExpress/

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