Open Balkans, Closed Borders


Although regional cooperation exists on different levels in the Western Balkans, not everyone has benefited equally, and some problems remain. For example, BiH and Kosovo citizens undergo a burdensome procedure to obtain a visa to enter the other country. Besides the criticism, regional cooperation in the Western Balkans is still at the heart of EU integration. Many regional bodies and initiatives have been established within the last two decades (from the Regional Cooperation Council to the Regional Youth Cooperation Office), mobile roaming charges have been abolished, traveling with IDs only has been made possible, etc. BiH and Kosovo must demonstrate statehood maturity and a constructive approach to regional cooperation by abolishing their respective visa regimes to improve the situation. Read more here.

Source: BiEPAG


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