EU gives visa-free regime to Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina08.11.2010
EU gives visa-free regime to Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina
The European Union has granted a visa-free regime to Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council of the EU (European Union) held at the level of interior ministers in Brussels on Monday.
The citizens of the two countries will now be able to travel to EU countries without visas, if they have biometric passports. A visa-free regime with the EU has already been granted to Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as of on December 19, 2009. The introduction of the visa-free regime with Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina is expected in mid-December 2010, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom welcomed the council's decision, commenting: "Today is a historic day for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The citizens of these two countries will soon be able to travel with a biometric passport without visas to the EU countries participating in the common visa policy and those associated with the Schengen area. Visa free travel will facilitate people-to-people contacts, enhance business opportunities and give the people of the region chances to get to know the EU better.