Brussels - The European Commission believes that Kosovo is ready for visa-free travel to the EU. The Balkan state with over 1.7 million inhabitants has met all the conditions according to Brussels.
EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos (Migration) calls on the Member States and the European Parliament to swiftly agree to lift the visa requirements for Kosovarian people.
Citizens with a biometric passport are then entitled to travel to the EU for up to 90 days every six months, except to Ireland and Great Britain.
The visa waiver negotiations have been going on since 2012. Two years ago the committee also said that Kosovo had met all the requirements, but that turned out to be premature. The country still had to sign an agreement across the border with neighboring country Montenegro and show a more solid track record in the fight against crime and corruption. That is now the case according to Avramopoulos.
Kosovo is the last Balkan country that still has a visa obligation for the EU.