While Europe was celebrating the 20th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the European Union destroyed the Schengen Wall between itself and the Macedonian citizens. The entry into force of the Decision of the Council of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs on the visa liberalization made it possible for the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia to travel without visas across Europe.
As of December 19, 2009, the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia no longer need visas to travel to the 25 EU Member States and three non-EU member States which are part of the Schengen area.
With this, the Republic of Macedonia opened a new chapter in its history – a chapter of perspectives, achievements and opportunities for its citizens. This is an excellent sign that we continue to move forward, that our country is achieving progress, and that we are on the right way. This brings the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia another step closer to the benefits of the European idea. This is a great success for the citizens and institutions of the Republic of Macedonia. This is the success of the European idea in the Republic of Macedonia.
At the same time, visa liberalization is a satisfaction and valorization of all our efforts as Government, a recognition for all the work invested and for the dedication of the citizens, their persistence and strong will to support their country and to bring it closer to the united family of European peoples.
Many things to see and many new ideas will stem from the European states and cities, and from the European principles and values – we will be able to compare and transpose the positive European features. Macedonia showed it knows how to win and to believe in itself and its potential.
The Republic of Macedonia has turned a new page in its European chapter. We showed that strong determination and hard work can only lead to success.