The Committee of the European Parliament considered the First Report under the Visa Suspension Mechanism
On 15 January 2017, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament discussed the First Report under the Visa Suspension Mechanism. The document addresses the functioning of the visa-free regime with the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) as well as the Eastern Partnership countries (Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine).
According to the report, all eight countries have demonstrated full commitment to meet the necessary requirements and have undertaken important efforts to implement a number of far-reaching reforms set out under their visa liberalization processes.
The report was submitted by the European Commission which has an obligation to monitor the continuous fulfillment of visa liberalization requirements by non-EU countries having successfully concluded a visa liberalization agreements and to report on those matters to the European Parliament and the EU Council. Under the new suspension mechanism, the European Commission needs to report on the continuous fulfillment of the visa liberalization benchmarks at least once a year for a period of at least seven years after the date of entry into force of visa liberalization for third countries. The Commission will report again to the European Parliament and the European Council on the continuous fulfillment of visa liberalization requirements by third countries in 2018.
The full report is available at the following link.