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Balkans: three countries push for "mini-Schengen"

Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia working on border-free zone

28 July, 14:45
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUL 28 - Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia will press ahead with the idea of the so-called "mini-Schengen" in the Balkans, amidst concerns and disillusion about the slow pace of the EU integration process, the Financial Times wrote in article today.

According to the FT, the leaders of the three countries will accelerate on the creation of a "border-free travel and business zone as they wait for the bloc to admit them," a project that could officially be unveiled tomorrow.

"It will include a gradual easing of travel restrictions, faster "green lanes" at borders, reduced waiting times for freight, as well as easier access to work permits," the FT wrote. The "mini-Schengen" in the Balkans should be realized by the end of the year, Vucic said. The zone should eventually include also Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.


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