Their EU accession blocked by France, Albania and North Macedonia are opting for a regional, if temporary, solution. Together with Serbia, the Balkan states are looking to create their own version of the EU’s passport-free Schengen Area.
- Citizens of the three countries would no longer need a passport to cross the border, but only have to show an ID card.
- Labor movement would be liberalized through the mutual recognition of diplomas and qualifications.
- Students could go on exchange.
- Capital flows would be smoothened.
The other non-EU countries in the region — Bosnia, Montenegro and Kosovo — have been given the green light to join. Read more “Balkans Propose Mini-Schengen”