With 30 votes in favour, 10 votes against and two abstains, the European Parliament’s Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, LIBE, has voted overwhelmingly for liberalisation of visas for citizens of Kosovo. In order for the visa-free regime to take place, the recommendation also needs to receive the green light by other instances of the European Union, IBNA reports. Tanja Fajon, Member of the European Parliament from Slovenia, welcomed the news. “Kosovo has been isolated on the Balkan visa liberalisation map for far too long. I am proud that a large majority of MEPs voted in favour of allowing Kosovar citizens to travel freely for shorts-stays in the Schengen area,” she said.
At the beginning of today’s parliamentary session, Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković discussed the situation in Uljanik, Croatia’s biggest shipyard, amongst other topics. “We had the opportunity to talk to the trade union representatives on Monday. We said at that meeting that we would do our utmost to secure (funds for) two salaries. After a series of activities this week, we found a model to deliver our promise”, Plenković said. Economy Minister Darko Horvat yesterday announced that Uljanik’s employees will receive a salary this Friday as he promised. What will happen in the future remains to be seen, he said. “There is a restructuring plan that is currently in Brussels. Whether Brussels will agree to it or not, whether we will have to modify it or not, we will see”, Horvat said.
Today, EU foreign ministers will attend an informal two-day meeting in Vienna to discuss Western Balkans. According to the media, the heads of diplomacy from 28 EU countries will join their Balkan counterparts from Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey. The main discussion of the meeting is expected to be a possible agreement between Kosovo and Serbia on the exchange of territories and border correction.