(BENCHER) 2016 Kosovo country analysis: Limited progress – reiterated recommendations

The country report (2016) and the Enlargement Strategy (2016) highlight and welcome the entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) on 1st April 2016. This step shows a continued commitment on both sides to foster EU related reforms and thus pave Kosovo’s way to joining the EU. Though, Kosovo remains the only country not included in the Schengen visa-free list. The country report notes that the lifting of visa requirements for Kosovo citizens is pending until the two requirements a) demarcation process with Montenegro and b) fight against corruption and organized crime are fulfilled by the Kosovo government.

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