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24 Jun 14

Macedonian Roma Actress to Sue Police for Bias

Young actress Emra Kurtishova said she will file discrimination charges against the police after the Macedonian border authorities prevented her from flying to Germany to see her sister.

09 Jan 14

EU Downplays Serbian Visa Concerns

The European Commission has allayed Serbian worries about visas by confirming that no EU member country had yet sought suspension of the visa-free regime with the Balkans.

12 Sep 13

MEPs Adopt Visa Suspension Mechanism

The European Parliament on Thursday voted to introduce a mechanism that will enable it to temporarily suspend the visa-free regime for Western Balkan countries, if the need arises.

21 May 13

EU Threat to Visa Regime Worries Macedonia

In a bid to head off moves to reassess the visa-free regime, Macedonia says the number of asylum seekers in the EU from the Balkans is falling.

16 Jan 13

Serbia Tops Germany's Asylum Seekers List

The highest number of people who sought asylum in Germany in 2012 came from Serbia, recent German foreign ministry data show.

26 Oct 12

EU Urges Balkan Countries to Stop Asylum Wave

The EU has warned Balkan countries that if they don’t lower the number of asylum seekers, visas may have to be re-introduced.

16 Oct 12

Brussels to Keep Visas Free in Balkans

Top EU official says current regime will stay in force in the Balkans despite calls from some European politicians it to be suspended.

07 Feb 12

Albania Risks Visa-Free Regime with VIP Citizenship

A plan by Prime Minister Sali Berisha to give Albanian citizenship to foreigners who invest €100,000 in the country could put the state's visa-free regime with the EU at risk.

06 Dec 11

EU Visa Talks With Kosovo May Start January

Dialogue between the European Commission and Kosovo on visa liberalisation may start by the beginning of 2012, a European diplomat told Balkan Insight.

02 Nov 11

UK Serbs Lobby British MPs for End to Visas

A group representing young Serbian professionals in the UK is lobbying the British parliament for an end to visa restrictions on Serbs wanting to travel to Britain.

28 Oct 11

Albania Asylum Seekers Repatriated from Belgium

Nine Albanian migrants who applied for asylum in Belgium in the last two months have been returned to Tirana’s Mother Teresa International Airport today.

20 Oct 11

Belgium Sees Spike in Asylum Seekers From Albania

Belgian authorities have seen an exponential growth of Albanian asylum seekers in the last two months, warning Tirana that criminal networks might behind the sudden surge.

05 Oct 11

Brussels Subjects Balkan Visa Deal to Scrutiny

EU ministers on Wednesday in Brussels are to count the latest figures on asylum claims from the Western Balkans, and decide how to curb a trend that has accelerated since visas were scrapped.

26 Aug 11

Albania Sees Surge in Demand for Biometric Passports

 Millions of Albanians have applied for the latest “biometric” passport just months after the country was granted visa free travel across the European Union.

24 May 11

EU Proposes Mechanism to Suspend Visa-Free Regime

The European Commission proposed on Monday a mechanism that would allow the EU to suspend the visa-free regime for certain states under "exceptional" circumstances.