EU ambassadors approved the abolition of visas for Kosovo

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Flag of Kosovo / Photo: EPA-EFE/PETRIT PRENAJ

The ambassadors of the member states of the European Union (EU) today approved the abolition of the visa regime for Kosovo from January 1, 2024 at the latest.

As announced in Brussels, the ambassadors of the EU member states today agreed on a negotiating mandate for a visa-free regime for the citizens of Kosovo, based on which the EU president will start the negotiations with the European Parliament.

Today we took an important step towards visa-free travel to Kosovo and we hope to quickly reach an agreement with the European Parliament to turn this promise into reality, the EU Council said in a statement.

The liberalization of the visa regime was made possible by Kosovo's efforts to strengthen border control, migration management and security, and we believe that this good cooperation will only strengthen in the future, said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipevski.

According to the draft decision, holders of Kosovo passports were allowed to travel to the EU without a visa for a period of 90 days in any 180-day period.

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