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Belgium’s government wishes not to make any comments regarding France’s proposal to connect Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process with the operationalisation of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) ahead of the working group on visas of the Council of the European Union that will be held tomorrow, November 9.
“As the discussions are still ongoing at the European level, Belgium wishes not to make any comments on this issue,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicolas Fierens Gevaert, told SchengenVisaInfo.com when asked whether Belgium supports France’s proposal.
Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process was included in the agenda of the European Commission’s working group for the first time on October 13, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
During the meeting, it was reported that France proposed that Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process be linked with the functionalisation of ETIAS and that such a proposal was supported by Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium.
However, Belgium’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided not to make any comments regarding the country’s positions when it comes to Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process.
In this regard, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told SchengenVisaInfo.com that the country’s position regarding this process will be specified in the next meeting.
“The subject has just begun to be dealt with in Brussels, and it will follow its normal procedure throughout which the positions of the different Member States will be specified,” Elena Aljarilla, from the press department of Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressed in this regard.
The Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union previously told SchengenVisa.com that it would like to see a positive decision in the Council by the end of the Czech Presidency, in terms of Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process, taking also into account an approved timeline as to when the visa waiver for this Balkan country will come into force while adding that the European Travel Information and Authorisation Process will be compulsory for all non-EU countries.
“The Czech Presidency has re-introduced and re-opened the question of visa liberalisation for Kosovo at the October Visa Working Party and we will continue discussions again in the second week of November. It is a priority for the Czech Presidency and we would like to see a positive decision in the Council by the end of the Czech Presidency including an approved timeline as to when the visa waiver for Kosovo will come into force,” a spokesperson for the 2022 Czech Presidency of the EU Council, Veronika Lukášová, told SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Kosovo’s visa liberalisation process started on February 12, 2012, but it has not been finalised yet, even though it met all the needed requirements.

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