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Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Edon Cana, Ministry of European Integration of Kosovo, March 2011

Prishtina, Kosovo— On March 30, 2011, Balkanalysis.com contributor Maja Šoštarić held a briefing with Edon Cana, Secretary General in the Ministry of European Integration of Kosovo, to discuss the challenging issue of Kosovo visa liberalization.

The only country in the region without a visa roadmap enabling its citizens to travel freely across Europe, Kosovo’s population faces serious isolation. Mr. Cana emphasized that, despite the challenging criteria set by the EU for Kosovo in order to obtain visa-free regime, the government is willing to undertake all necessary reforms, and is aware of the public’s discontent over the perceived slowness of progress.

In the briefing, Mr. Cana emphasized the need for multilateral diplomacy with the EU in order to make progress on the issue, while also providing a short overview of the most recent developments and achievements of the Kosovo government in four areas: readmission and reintegration of readmitted persons, civil registries and document security, integrated border management (IBM), and fight against corruption and organized crime.

The Ministry of European Integration of Kosovo was established in April 2010. Its main objectives are direction, coordination and monitoring of all activities toward the integration of the Republic of Kosovo in the European Union.

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