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Eu/serbia : Eu Presents Visa-Free Road Map to Belgrade

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/serbia : Eu Presents Visa-Free Road Map to Belgrade

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The European Union presented, on 7 May, a road map on visa liberalisation to Serbia. "The time of isolation for Serbia is over," the European Commission's Vice-President, Jacques Barrot, in charge of justice, freedom and security, said when presenting the document in Belgrade the same day. "With the recently signed Stabilisation and Association Agreement, this road map constitutes the opening of the doors of the EU to all citizens of Serbia and their welcoming in the great family of a united Europe," he added ahead of the 11 May elections, which are seen as a plebiscite on support for Serbia's European perspective.

The document sets a list of clear-cut benchmarks to be met by the Serbian authorities in order to gradually advance towards full visa liberalisation. It does not, however, indicate any potential date when the new regime could come into force. The final decision on the abolishing of visas for Serbian citizens will be taken upon fulfilment by the country of the benchmarks included in the road map and based on the outcome of the Commission's assessment of the visa refusal rate for Serbian applicants and the refusal rate of entry into the common Schengen area for Serbian nationals.

The road map is divided into four parts, called "blocks," which include requirements concerning document security, illegal immigration, public order and security and external relations. To establish a visa-free regime with the EU, Serbia has to implement a number of practical measures. …

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