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Commission Proposes Visa-Free Travel for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to enable citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina to travel with biometric passports to the Schengen countries without needing a visa.

Turkey Demands Visa-Free Travel to the EU

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has demanded visa-free travel with the EU after the opening of the borders for Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

He also said this:

“It’s unacceptable that certain Balkan countries that are in the initial stages of the membership process and have not begun negotiations have been given the Schengen privilege, while Turkey, considering the level that Turkish-EU relations have reached, has not.”

Apparently Mr. Davutoglu does not understand that the Council and the Commission obviously do not follow this logic.

Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia About to Get Visa Free Travel

The European Parliament has adopted an amendment to Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.

The amendment will allow citizens of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to travel freely to and from the European Union for short-term visits without having to obtain a visa first. The amendment will enter into force on December, 19th, after confirmation by the Council.

The exemption from the visa requirement will apply to Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina after an additional assessment by the Commission.