Visa liberalisation for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania
The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek welcomed the adoption of the Tanja Fajon MEP report on visa liberalisation for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania.
"The European Parliament has always been among the strongest promoters of the lifting of the visa requirements for Western Balkan countries. With visa liberalisation we enter a new era of people-to-people contacts, which will bring Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina a step closer to their European future.
Our decision today is of crucial importance, not only for political reasons, but most importantly, for the citizens of these countries.
This positive signal should serve to create a new momentum among the political leadership of these two countries to take on board challenging reforms, mandatory if they intend to continue their march towards European integration.
To different degrees the lack of respect for the rule of law, the threats to the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary and the deterioration of the political climate between political forces, are problems that affect both countries and need to be addressed with resolve.
I hope that in the near future all people of the Western Balkans region will be able to enjoy visa-free travel to the EU.
Last year we celebrated twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now, with the visa liberalisation process in Western Balkans, we are witnessing the fall of yet another wall, which was dividing the European people."
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