“The European Commission says Kosovo has met all required benchmarks for its citizens to qualify for visa-free travel within Europe’s Schengen zone.

But the proposal on visa liberalization for Kosovo must first be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, where several EU member states remain skeptical.

The European Commission noted on July 18 that Pristina has fulfilled the last two remaining conditions to qualify — a strengthened record in the fight against corruption and organized crime, and the ratification in March of a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.” (RFE/RL)