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Balkan Visa Decision Day 30 November
The European Parliament marked the anniversary of 1989 with a debate of 20-year olds from across the EU on „What Europe means to me?“. Most participants noted first and foremost the „freedom to travel.“
How appropriate then for the European Parliament to call on the EU on 12 November 2009 to finally bring down another wall, established almost twenty years ago for the people of the Balkans. The European Parliament adopted its opinion of the Commission’s visa liberalisation proposal of 15 July with 550 votes in favour, 51 against and 37 abstentions. The Parliament requested that the Commission starts a visa dialogue with Kosovo and establishes a roadmap for visa liberalisation for Kosovo similar to those established with the other Western Balkan countries; and that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania are moved to the „white list“ (together with Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro), with asteriks stipulating that visa-free travel will become applicable the moment they meet all outstanding conditions. This could now happen already in the first half of 2010.
ESI started a campaign to achieve a roadmap for Kosovo in July 2009. ESI also asked for an asteriks solution for Bosnia and Albania as early as 1 June 2009 in a letter sent to the relevant EU and national decision-makers.
Like ESI, the Parliament also stresses that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania have made real progress with regard to the visa roadmap since the May 2009 Commission assessments (for an updated Score-card on Albania’s progress please go here).
EU member states will vote on the Commission’s visa proposal on 30 November 2009. If they follow the suggestions by the European Parliament, this day will be one of the most important in the recent history of relations between the EU and the Western Balkans. This is the most meaningful way to honour the legacy of 1989.
Citizens of Kosovo will also follow the deliberations of the EU member states with great interest. As a new ESI discussion paper Isolating Kosovo? (supported by Erste Stiftung) points out, today Kosovo citizens are more isolated in terms of visa requirements, than at any point in the last half-century. Holders of the new Kosovo passport can travel to only 5 countries visa free: neighbouring Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia, Turkey, and Haiti. Even citizens of Afghanistan can travel to 22 countries without a visa.
This, as the European Parliament points out, makes no sense. It is certainly not justified by reference to Kosovo’s unresolved status (there are still five EU member states which do not recognize Kosovo’s independence): at this very moment, a serious visa dialogue between the European Commission and the Republic of Taiwan is under way. Taiwan has not been recognized by a single EU member state.
Recent experience shows that wherever a clear roadmap process has been in place, the EU’s soft power has increased significantly. If the EU is interested in institutional capacity building in Kosovo, and already finances the largest rule of law mission in EU history, it makes no sense at all not to employ the strongest possible conditionality.
So what is to be done? The answer is easy and to be found in the European Parliament report:
„ The Commission, within the limits of its competence and in the light of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999), should start a visa dialogue with Kosovo with a view to establishing a roadmap for visa facilitation and liberalisation similar to those established with Western Balkan countries.“
Voices of Reason on Bosnia
ESI has published more than 20 reports on Bosnia since 1999. Recently, however, a publication by another institution summed up perfectly our own findings: the latest ICG paper, published on 12 November. ICG makes five points concerning Bosnia in its conclusion, all of which we fully support, and which would prevent Bosnia from falling behind other Balkan countries on the way to EU candidate status in 2010:
„Bosnia has made remarkable progress since the war.“
„Popular anxieties notwithstanding, the country is not at risk of armed conflict; as its widely respected Bosniak defence minister recently pointed out, „There is no capacity to provoke a war, or fuel to sustain , either in Bosnia and Herzegovina or in our neighbourhood.“
„The conflict over the future of the OHR should end now; the office should close and be replaced by a reinforced EUSR. A strengthened EUSR, backed by incentives of eventual EU and NATO integration, is better placed to deliver whatever may be missing in BiH’s constitutional and governance jigsaw.“
„BiH’s legitimacy and stability do not rest on a foundation of patriotism or common identity but instead on a community of interest, reinforced by the absence of viable alternatives and a common fear of violent disintegration. RS’s Serbs may resent the state, but BiH’s long-term stagnation would eventually damage their fortunes too. Independence is not an option for the Serbs: it would mean isolation and a dramatic loss of their status and influence.“
„Bosnia’s disputes will only be resolved over time, as the state’s growing ability to govern, represent its citizens and deliver services starting with visa-free travel throughout Europe strengthens its appeal.“