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    Nothing has changed on visa-free travel to Netherlands. Albania has meet EC criteria


    European Commission has confirmed that Albania has met all the visa-free requirements and nothing has changed. The head of EU Delegation to Albania Luigi Soreca said Wednesday that Albanians can travel to Netherlands and other Schengen areas without visas.

    “There are regulations in place. The report will be complete by December 2019. At that time, EU will asses Albania’s progress,” Soreca said.

    Earlier this week,  the Dutch parliament debated a motion submitted by four of its members who called for a temporary cancelation of visa free travel for Albanian citizens. Based on the request, the government of Netherlands will analyze the situation and will decide whether to ask European Commission to suspend visa free travel for Albania or not. Then it is up to European Commission to do the assessment on the case.

    In his remarks, Ambassador Soreca said that during the debate of Dutch MPs there were no direct mentions between illegal migration by Albanians, revoking visas and organized crime.

    “There will be data and statistics to prove such a connection, if there is any. Nothing has changed. Visa travel to Schengen areas will continue. We call on both governments to continue their cooperation, particularly in illegal migration. Visa free travel is an accomplishment for Albania and its citizens. Since 2010, there has been significant progress for all Albanians. I have followed up on the visa liberalization process since then. I am convinced that Albanian authorities will take the necessary measures to preserve this accomplishment,” Soreca said.