Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 296

Let citizens of Colombia, Peru and UAE visit EU without visas, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 ottobre 2013

Citizens of Colombia, Peru and the United Arab Emirates should be able to travel to the Schengen area without a visa, said the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday, amending a draft update of the EU visa regulation to this effect. The Commission’s initial proposal envisaged a visa waiver only for citizens of five Caribbean island nations, 10 Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste.The 2001 visa regulation lists non-EU countries whose nationals need a visa to travel to the EU’s border-free Schengen area (the “negative list”) and those whose nationals do not need a visa for this purpose (the “positive list”).The committee added Colombia and Peru to the visa-free list, arguing that they meet the conditions laid down in the regulation for a visa waiver. The European Parliament gave its green light to trade deals with these two Latin American countries in December 2012.”The determination of those third countries whose nationals are subject to the visa requirement, and those exempt from it, is governed by a considered, case-by-case assessment of a variety of criteria relating inter alia to irregular immigration, public policy and security, and to the EU’s external relations with third countries including in particular respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, consideration also being given to the implications of regional coherence and reciprocity”, MEPs say.

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