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Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on the vote in the Dutch Parliament on visa procedures with Albania

Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on the vote in the Dutch Parliament on visa procedures with Albania

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs informs Albanian citizens that the vote of the Second House of Representatives in the Dutch Parliament to ask the European Union to initiate the procedure for the temporary suspension of visa liberalization does not change the rules of movement towards Schengen countries. Albanian citizens will continue to move freely to Schengen countries according to current practice and only fulfilling the conditions currently in force.

An EU Member State may request the European Commission to open the procedure for the suspension of the visa-free travel only on the basis of the conditions laid down in the EU legislation and no conditions are met for submitting this request from the Netherlands to Albania.

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However, it is the European Commission that will examine the request and answer it. Being objectively judged, according to official facts and figures, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is confident that the resolution can not find support in the European Commission since none of the criteria that would lead to the application of the temporary suspension mechanism is not fulfilled in the case of Albania.

Illegal migration of Albanian citizens to the Netherlands has fallen continuously, while the suspension applies to an increase of more than 50%. Crime figures also record substantial decreases.

Also, the last criterion relating to the cooperation between the two law enforcement structures of both countries has been considered excellent by both Albanian and Dutch officials.

The Government of the Republic of Albania is committed to continue intensifying cooperation with the authorities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and with other EU member states in combating illegal cross-border activities.

The electoral climate in the Netherlands undoubtedly has its own impact and although we are sorry for Albania’s entry into the party agenda, there is no doubt that beyond the horizon of European elections the facts will prevail over electoral clichés.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs finds the opportunity to call on Albanian citizens once again to comply with the necessary documents before embarking on the journey to Schengen countries. More information can be found on the official website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

News Source: Ministry for Europe and foreign affairs

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