Due to the slow evolution of the national interest, which is the main factor in the formation of public opinion, the new Blair government cannot simply move in and change its policy towards the EU. This situation considerably limits the possibilities of identity that the United Kingdom also has as a potential Schengen Member State. Visa liberalisation negotiations between the EU and the Western Balkans (excluding Kosovo) started in the first half of 2008 and were completed in 2009 (for Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) and 2010 (for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Before the total abolition of visas, the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) had signed in 2008 “visa facilitation agreements” with the Schengen countries. Visa facilitation agreements were then to reduce waiting times, reduce visa fees (including free visas for certain categories of travellers) and reduce red tape. . . .
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