Visa Liberalization Process in Kosovo: An Assessment Matrix of Achievements and Challenges

September 24, 2012

Since the introduction of the visa liberalization roadmap for Kosovo in June 2012, Group for Legal and Political Studies, within the framework of the visa liberalization project, has been involved in monitoring the Kosovo institutions’ progress in meeting the visa liberalization roadmap benchmarks and identifying the main challenges deriving therein. Herewith, GLPS has applied a specific methodological approach designed to weigh both the dynamic of meeting the benchmarks and highlighting the remaining challenges. That said, GLPS has established a specific grid consisting of individual benchmarks and associated information which explain the achievements of Kosovo institutions in meeting the corresponding benchmarks. Specific parts of the matrix highlight the benchmarks to be met and challenges that associate those reaming benchmarks. To determine the level of implementation of the benchmarks, GLPS has applied numbers, from 0 to 5, and colours. To that extent, several sources of information are utilized to estimate the level of implementation of both the individual benchmarks blocks, especially internal documents of Kosovo institutions (legal acts, strategies, annual reports and quarterly reports of Kosovo institutions and action plans’ matrices, input from progress reports, conclusions from SAPD, Inputs to the Feasibility Study, etc.), reports of international institutions and foreign embassies in Kosovo (particularly European Commission, European Parliament, UNDP, World Bank, ICO etc.), as well as information from in-depth interviews with representatives of ministries and relevant stakeholders. The numbers aim to both explain the level/progress of implementation of the benchmarks and orient the public and institutions on the remaining challenges. Thus, numbers and colours are used to determine the median dynamic and the level of implementation per block, covering specific requirements related to readmission and  reintegration, document security, border and migration management, public order and security, and fundamental rights related to the freedom of movement.

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Visa Liberalization Process in Kosovo: An Assessment Matrix of Achievements and Challenges

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