Visa-free travel will give Southeast European citizens the freedom to travel in EU countries. Although some Balkan countries are well on their way to obtaining EC approval, others have a long road ahead.
In an April decision, the European Court of Justice told EU member states that visa restrictions breach a 1963 agreement.
Romania is working feverishly to join the Schengen area, and hopes to join the visa-free zone by 2011.
Montenegro is confident that it will be placed on the Schengen White List by early next year. However, the country must first deliver on its remaining EU benchmarks.
If Bulgaria hopes to become a full-fledged Schengen member by March 2011, it must implement some key provisions.
Bloggers are frustrated with the government's inability to meet EU reform benchmarks, leading to Albania's exclusion from visa-free travel this year. Others blame the EU for an unfair decision.
With EU officials confirming it has met the conditions, Macedonia is poised to see visa restrictions lifted by the end of this year
Kosovo is the only country in the Balkans that is not being considered for visa liberalisation in the near future.
With the country falling short of EU benchmarks, Albanians will have to wait until 2010 for a liberalised visa regime.
Visa liberalisation could become a reality for Serbia before the end of this year, but some hurdles remain to be crossed.
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn met with Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic on Thursday (June 11th) to assure him of Uni...