BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Slovenia wants to move up the date for relaxing the EU's visa restrictions on Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. At Wednesday's (November 4th) Council of Europe working group meeting, it proposed implementing the visa-free regime on December 19th, instead of on January 1st of next year, as had previously been announced.
"With this proposal, Slovenia's support gives these states a nice Christmas present because their citizens will be able to travel in the Schengen countries without visas," the Slovenian foreign ministry said. The proposal in subject to approval by the European Parliament. (Beta, B92 - 5/11/09)