VISA ABOLISHMENT WEBSITE OPENED
A web site for the Visa Abolishment Campaign has been launched by the Citizens Pact for South Eastern Europe.
“The visa regime is especially hard for young people who very often do not have a document that proves that they have immovable assets or regular income. Most young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania have never left their countries. Those who are expected to build a new and better Balkans are simply not allowed to see the functioning societies,” the pact states.
At the end of last year the Citizens’ Pact published a book “The Best Stories from Visa Queues” with twenty best stories selected after a competition where young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania could participate.
The Citizens’ Pact has led a variety of campaigns for the cause, such as the “No to 60 Euros!” activity against the rise in the price of the Schengen visas for the citizens of the Western Balkans.
This summer, at the EXIT 06 festival in Novi Sad the Citizens’ Pact held a discussion called “Myths and Legends about the Schengen White List – When Will We Travel Like Normal People?” where one of the participants was the European Union Enlargement Commissioner, Ollie Rehn.
MD: Macedonian people are suffering much under the visa regime. Recently there were some activities by the Macedonian government, trying to simplify the procedure of issuing visa's. In fact Macedonia was the first western Balkan country to negotiate with the EU about the visa facilitation. But no results yet.
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