Prime Minister Haradinaj: Free movement is a right and a privilege, but there are also obligations


Pristina, October 10, 2018

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, participated in the promotion of the new phase of the visa liberalization campaign.

Prime Minister Haradinaj called as a special day today because he remembered the time when he and his family migrated and was informed about life abroad before migrating, saying that free movement is a right and a privilege.

Further on, the prime minister said that today they are gathered to discuss and explain to the citizens of Kosovo that the free movement “Schengen” is a right and a privilege that also has some obligations, responsibilities, which should be known.

“Visa liberalization is not an easy job, even when granted can be sanctioned later, “said Prime Minister Haradinaj, adding that even if it agrees to liberalization, any member country may even propose a suspension, so as he said, this topic should not be neglected.

Thanking the Ministry of European Integration and the Office of the European Union and all those who have contributed to meeting the criteria for liberalization through which freedom of movement is gained.

“We are free citizens and that it is our right, we are Europe, we have been, are and will be all life and is a privilege, but there are obligations that must be implemented with precision,” said Prime Minister Haradinaj, wishing to move as soon as possible freely and prove to the European family that we are dignified citizens.

Meanwhile, the Minister of European Integration, Dhurata Hoxha, said that the process of visa liberalization has been challenging and that in this road Kosovo has had 95 criteria, working hard to fulfill them.

“We have successfully passed the vote at the LIBE Commission, the European Parliament and we are now one step closer and the last challenge will be the vote in the Council but we will not stop, the reforms will continue with an increased intensity,” said Minister Hoxha , who added that this campaign aims to raise awareness and inform the citizens about the way of functioning of the visa.

Meanwhile, the head of the European Union Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, said today, together with Prime Minister Haradinaj and Minister Dhurata Hoxha, is to support the awareness raising campaign on visa liberalization for Kosovo, assessing that the campaign is an important tool for communicating clearly with the people of Kosovo about the process, about the rights and obligations arising from the visa regime.