As of December 15th, citizens of Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina will be able to travel to all European countries without the requirement of a Visa. They are countries of the Sengen zone. Travelers will be given a three month stamp on their passports which will allow them to stay in the country of their choice for that time period and they will not need to acquire any further authorization. This decision is of particular importance to Greece because daily there are more than 600,000 undocumented Albanian citizens who enter the country and work in the black market without being taxed.
The European Commission made this decision despite all the fears and objections raised by France, Holland and Germany. The Commission asserted in writing that all members of the European Union will be closely monitoring the migratory flow from all countries of Western Balkans and will take action if needed.
Albanian President Bamir Topi named this a historical fact for his country, while the Prime Minister of Albania Sali Berisha said that the decision actually makes the dream of the Albanian citizens a reality.