News archive - EU to propose dropping visas for Balkan states

The EU executive will propose next week to allow citizens of Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia to travel to the bloc without visas from the start of next year, the EU justice commissioner said on July 9.

"A proposal will be made next Tuesday in Strasbourg to liberalise visas for nationals of the Western Balkans," Jacques Barrot told a news briefing in Brussels. "Under this proposal, the new regime comes into force on January 1."

The proposal will have to be formally approved by the EU's 27 justice ministers, although unanimity would not be required. First countries covered would be FYR of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, while Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovnia should follow later in 2010, provided they meet certain requirements.


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Entry created by Elke Dall on July 9, 2009
Modified on July 9, 2009