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"EULEX important for visa liberalisation process" says EU Commissioner

11 January 2012

The Head of EULEX Xavier de Marnhac has welcomed the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom, to Mission headquarters in Pristina.

(from right) EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom and Xavier de Marnhac addressing the media

They discussed visa liberalisation and the Commission’s decision to launch the visa Dialogue with Kosovo.

Ms Malstrom praised the work of EULEX and their contribution to the visa dialogue process:

“We will benefit very much from the experience and the work of EULEX. The knowledge that EULEX has and the excellent co-operation with the Kosovo authorities, ” said the EU Commissioner.

Xavier de Marnhac said this was a very good day for Kosovo:

‘This was an important meeting. Visa liberalisation is a crucial matter for the people of Kosovo. The Commissioner and I agreed that strengthening and enhancing the rule of law in Kosovo is a fundamental part of the process of visa liberalization. EULEX therefore has a crucial roll to play in this area. EULEX will do all it can to support this but, ultimately, and let me underline this, it is up to Kosovo take responsibility and carry out the bulk of the work,” said the EU Head of Mission.

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