Visa liberalisation: EC reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by WB and Eastern Partnership countries

Visa-free travel brings important benefits for Europe and its partners, reinforcing social, cultural and economic ties. It also comes with responsibilities to ensure that the progress achieved during the visa liberalisation dialogues is maintained and that the migration and security environment is well managed. The Ec report follows up on the Commission's recommendations from December 2017 and takes stock of the measures implemented by the concerned countries in the past year.

Ctizens of Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can travel to the EU without a visa since December 2009. For citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, this is possible since the end of 2010. All countries have taken measures to address irregular migration, however further efforts are needed to improve and ensure sustainable results.

The report by the EC (see below) follows up on the Commission's obligation under the strengthened visa suspension mechanism, adopted in March 2017, to monitor the continuous fulfilment of visa liberalisation requirements by third countries and to report to the European Parliament and the Council at least once a year. This report is the second under the new Visa Suspension Mechanism, following the first report issued in December 2017.

The assessment of the visa liberalisation benchmarks applies to countries which have successfully concluded visa liberalisation dialogues according to relevant action plans and roadmaps, i.e. Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries. The report focuses on the areas where further work is necessary to achieve sustainable progress.

Citizens of Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can travel to the EU without a visa since December 2009. For citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, this is possible since the end of 2010. For Moldova visa-free travel entered into force in April 2014, for Georgia in March 2017 and for Ukraine in June 2017.

For More Information

Questions and Answers: Report on the fulfilment of visa-free requirements

Second Report under the Visa Suspension Mechanism

Commission Staff Working Document accompanying the Second Report under the Visa Suspension Mechanism

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  • WBC
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Modified on December 23, 2018