German Chancellor: I am committed to achieving visa liberalization for Kosovo

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he would commit to completing the visa liberalization process for Kosovo.

His comments came during a joint press conference with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, reports

The German Chancellor also stressed that the Berlin process, as well as the regional common market, is a priority for Germany, as reported by Euronews Albania.

The German leader stressed that “The Western Balkans belong to Europe.”

In addition, he stressed that the finalization of four agreements between countries in the region is also among Germany’s priorities.

In this regard, the Prime Minister of Kosovo said that his country supports the Berlin process as well as the Regional Common Market within the European Union, but opposes parallel initiatives such as the Open Balkan, which is an economic and political area that includes three Balkan countries; Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Kurti again called on five EU member states that have not recognized Kosovo to do so. He also called for the visa liberalization process for Kosovo.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo underlined the progress of the rule of law in Kosovo as well as the fight against corruption.

The German Chancellor also met with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, while inviting the EU envoy for dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, Miroslav Lajčak, to separate talks with the Serbian President and the Prime Minister. of Kosovo.

When meeting with Vucic, Scholz pointed out that “For Serbia, it is important that it continues its path of reforms, and this includes freedom of the media and the fight against organized crime.”

Scholz called on the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia to be constructive in the process of normalizing relations between the two countries.

He also reiterated his wish to see the Western Balkan countries become members of the European Union.

Scholz stressed that the progress of the dialogue is “crucial for peace and stability in south-eastern Europe as well as for the European integration of the two countries”.

Recently, the European Parliament reiterated its call for a visa liberalization process for Kosovo.

These comments from the European Parliament have been included in the draft text of the reports on Kosovo and Serbia provided by Radio Free Europe (RFE).

The report underlines the fact that in Kosovo there is huge support for the integration of this Balkan county into the EU during this year.

“But we underline the fact that there is no fast-track procedure and that the normalization of relations with Serbia is necessary for the advancement of Kosovo on its European path,” he added. reveals the report.

Kosovo began its long journey to reach an agreement on the EU visa liberalization process on February 19, 2012; however, it has not yet been finalized.

James R. Rhodes