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With 47 votes in favor, the decision to liberalize visas for Kosovo is approved

With 47 votes in favor, the decision to liberalize visas for Kosovo is approved

The Commission for Civil Liberties, Internal Affairs and Justice of the European Parliament has once again approved the decision on the liberalization of visas for the citizens of Kosovo, after such a thing, a few weeks ago, was also approved by the Ministers of the Interior of the member countries of European Union.

This decision received the necessary majority in this parliamentary committee with 47 votes for, 8 against and 4 abstentions.

In April, eventually in May, it is expected to be approved in the plenary session of the European Parliament.

After that, the decision will be signed and published in the official gazette of the European Union. In this way, the entire formal process will be completed.

There was no change in the text of the decision.

So, according to what the representatives of the EU member states had already agreed on last year, this decision will enter into force when the European Travel Registration and Authorization System (ETIAS) comes into force, or not no later than January 1, 2024.

Since the deadline for the entry into force of ETIAS has been postponed to 2024, the first day of this year, i.e. January 1, 2024, is actually expected to be the day from which citizens of Kosovo will be able to move visa-free to the countries of the Schengen area.

This area includes almost all the member countries of the European Union, but also countries such as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, which are not in the EU, but are part of the free movement area./ REL

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