Deputies skeptical about visa liberalization, parties accuse each other of delaying the process – Latest News
The deputies of the Assembly of Kosovo and at the same time the members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora have described as very unfair the situation in which Kosovo finds itself regarding visa liberalization.
Vetëvendosje Movement MP Fitore Pacolli in an interview with Ekonomia Online said that EU member states are still not convinced that Kosovo has done its job and obligations.
She further says that the main work of the Kurti Government is different from previous governments especially in this regard.
“Now, as a new Government and as a new parliament, we aim and are committed to all European Union countries to convince them that Kosovo has met the criteria and that Kosovo has a new Government and is focused on developing the country. fight corruption and organized crime and in this way we deserve visa liberalization now. “So we are working to convince member states.”
“The problem that we still do not have visa liberalization is that the member states are not convinced that Kosovo has fought corruption and organized crime, but now this is our job and we have to show that we have a new Government and it is different from “past years and we are working intensively in this direction”, said Pacolli.
Pacolli emphasizes that the citizens have understood the injustice that is being done to them on this issue and that they will soon convince the internationals that their approach is unfair.
“Citizens have already realized that what is being done to you by the EU is unfair, due to the non-liberalization of visas for Kosovo. We are doing our job and already the decision depends on them what we say and especially what we do. We are very careful and every decision we make is in line with the values of the EU, we fight corruption and organized crime and this is seen in practice by achieving in this way very quickly convince those who deserve the liberalization of “and it is very unfair the way they are approaching us,” she said.
She says that it is the opposition that has brought Kosovo to this point, and that has deceived the citizens with untrue dates.
“It is the opposition that has brought Kosovo to this point, it is the one that has promised dates and has not fulfilled them, and it is precisely the opposition that has not fought corruption and organized crime and now we have to improve them. the mistakes made by the opposition in order to fix its image of Kosovo ”.
Whereas the MP of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Ariana Musliu-Shoshi said that the Kurti Government is silent on the issue of visa liberalization and does not have any special strategy.
“We as a country since 2016, when the European Commission gave their approval for visa liberalization, but we know that the main problem is the countries that are reluctant to push this process forward. We see the Kurti government that there is a silence in this regard, because they will have to have a special strategy for these countries which are familiar with Kosovo, so there must be a special strategy to push this process forward.
According to her, the Kurti Government, precisely with the promise of the issue of visa liberalization, has won the votes and has not yet realized such a thing, further showing how difficult this whole process and the provision of visas for citizens.
“The Kurti government, a promise with which it won votes, was that it would return the ministry of integration, so this ministry should be the first address of EU countries towards Kosovo, which has not fulfilled such a thing. . I think that there should be a ministry of integrations, as the main task has been the integration of Kosovo in the EU, many foreigners are in favor of visa liberalization, but that we should have an active government in this regard to advance this process “, She further emphasized.
“I understand very rightly because I am also a citizen of this country and I can know how difficult it is to apply for a visa, especially now in this period, but as the opposition we are constantly giving proposals, and trying to “We are pushing the processes forward towards visa liberalization, but that is in the hands of the government,” she concluded.
AAK MP, Time Kadriaj said that it is the first time that Prime Minister Albin Kurti, but also other MPs have finally accepted that Kosovo has met the criteria for visa liberalization.
“It is the first time that Prime Minister Kurti, but also other MPs finally acknowledged that Kosovo has met the conditions and criteria for visa liberalization, because they have always discussed that Kosovo still has conditions to meet for visa liberalization. In fact, Kosovo was the only country that had more conditions and criteria than all other countries in the region and beyond.
“It is an injustice and we as MPs should advocate as members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, because we, regardless of whether we are in position or opposition, our positions on major issues such as dialogue and the issue of visa liberalization, we must have an approach otherwise and to lobby for the good of Kosovo “, she said
She emphasizes that the position and the opposition must come together to fulfill this process and the injustice done to our state.
“The citizens of Kosovo already understand that we have met all those conditions and criteria and it is not in the hands of any government, nor of this for the visa liberalization process, and this is an injustice,” concluded Kadriaj.
The Rapporteur for Kosovo in the European Parliament, Viola Von Cramon after the visit of several days in Kosovo that the institutions have met all the criteria therefore it is up to the EU to adhere to the commitments.