27 May 2010
Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström today presented a proposal to abolish the short-term visa requirement for citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina travelling to countries within the Schengen area.
"This is a very important part of the European Union policy towards integration of the western Balkans. To facilitate people to people contact brings us closer to each other", said Cecilia Malmström during the press conference in Brussels earlier today.
Malmström congratulated the two countries as she underlined that today's proposal is the result of hard work from the authorities, public administrations and the citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, some requirements still need to be met in the area of visa facilitation, for both countries. The Commission will continue to monitor the remaining work in the months to come.