According to a deal made by the authorities of the EU’s member states, Kosovo would no longer need a visa as of January 1, 2024.
A recent report from Radio Free Europe made this declaration and emphasised that the agreement was achieved during a meeting of visa experts held in Brussels on Tuesday.
The EU Council’s Czech Presidency had previously asked that Kosovo’s visa-liberalization procedure be completed on December 1st, 2023.
At the European Council working group meeting on October 13, the question of visa liberalisation for nationals of Kosovo was brought up for the first time.
Immediately following the conference, it was reported that France had suggested linking Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process with the implementation of the ETIAS, and that this plan had the support of Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Spain.
After the meeting on October 13, SchengenVisaInfo.com asked authorities in Spain if they would support the proposal of France in the next meeting of the working group which was set to be held on November 9.
But, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain said that the position of EU countries regarding the issue would be clarified on November 9, thus not providing any details regarding their position.
“The subject has just begun to be dealt with in Brussels, and it will follow its normal procedure throughout which the positions of the different Member States will be specified,” Elena Aljarilla, from the press department of Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Prior to this, the Czech Presidency of the EU Council made known that it agreed with France’s suggestion to link the functionalization of ETIAS with the visa liberalisation process for Kosovo.
Additionally, the Czech Presidency informed SchengenVisaInfo.com that it hopes to see a favourable Council resolution on this matter before the end of 2022. The Czech Presidency further emphasised that it would want to see a confirmed timetable for the implementation of Kosovo’s visa reform.
However, Spain recently proposed that the process of granting visas to Kosovo be completed by January 1, 2024. Additionally, it was stated that Slovakia, Sweden, and Spain were some of the nations who requested additional explanation on this process.