Today marks the 5th anniversary of the visa-free regime for the three Western Balkans countries: Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. A year later, in 2010, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the visa-free travel, too.
To me, this is the most tangible result for the countries and their citizens wishing to join the EU. At the same time it is a proof of how all responsible forces in certain country can work together efficiently in order to reach a common goal.
Looking back, and looking from a perspective of my second mandate in the European Parliament, I have to say that visa liberalisation for the WB countries is something I am very proud of. In the past five years, I have been told different examples of positive developments in the region thanks to the visa liberalisation: new business opportunities and cooperation, progress in science projects, cultural and musical cooperation being intensified, students’ exchange and knowledge circulation, and even love stories being more easily realised. Visa liberalisation is an ideal example of how some EU policies have direct impact on citizens.
19/12/2014 12:45 - facebook