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Visa-free access to the EU for UK nationals after Brexit: vote in committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs will vote on Wednesday on the proposal to exempt UK citizens of visa requirements to enter the EU for short stays after Brexit.
The Civil Liberties Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday at 8.30, with the vote on the UK visa waiver as the single item on the agenda. MEPs will vote on the outcome of the trilogue negotiations.If approved, UK nationals will be exempted from visa requirements for stays in the EU of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, from the day following the country’s withdrawal from the Union, provided the UK offers the same conditions to EU nationals travelling to the UK.
The proposal was endorsed on Tuesday by the Council’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER). If approved by the Civil Liberties Committee, it will be put to the vote by the full House on Thursday 4 April. The legislation needs to be adopted and published in the Official Journal of the EU before the 12 of April, for the case of a no-deal Brexit on that date.

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EP confirms its will to grant Kosovars visa-free access to the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 aprile 2019

The citizens of Kosovo should be able to travel to the EU for short periods visa-free, according to the European Parliament.
Plenary confirmed on Thursday, with 331 votes to 126 and 12 abstentions, its negotiating position on this matter -already adopted in September 2018-, in view of the end of the legislature. The proposal needed the agreement of both Parliament and the Council, but since the latter did not have a position, there were no negotiations.
Following the abolition of visas for the citizens of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2009 and for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2010, Kosovo is the only Balkan country whose citizens still need a visa to travel to the EU.No effect on EU countries position about the status of Kosovo
The decision to exempt Kosovars of visa requirements would not affect the individual positions of the EU countries on the status of Kosovo. Five member states (Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain) do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.If adopted, the visa waiver would allow the citizens of Kosovo to travel to the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period -provided they hold a biometric passport-, for business, tourism or family purposes, but not for work. All EU countries (except the United Kingdom and Ireland) and the four non-EU Schengen states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), have common rules for short-stay visas.

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Visa-free access to the EU for UK nationals and to the UK for EU nationals

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 gennaio 2019

UK nationals would be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK.
By unanimity (53 votes) on Tuesday, the Civil Liberties Committee backed rules exempting UK nationals who are British citizens of visa requirements for stays in the EU of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, from the day following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Once the bill is agreed by both co-legislators (Parliament and Council), the United Kingdom would be included in the list of countries whose nationals do not need to request a visa to enter the EU for business, tourism or to visit relatives or friends. The visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU.The draft specifically states that the visa waiver will be granted to UK nationals on the basis of reciprocity, i.e. provided that EU nationals are also given visa-free access for short business or tourist trips to the UK if it becomes a non-EU country.If the UK introduces a visa requirement for nationals of at least one member state, “the reciprocity mechanism foreseen in EU legislation should apply”, says the text. This may lead to visa requirements for UK nationals being reintroduced.Civil Liberties Committee MEPs also agreed on Tuesday, with 52 votes to 2, to open negotiations with the Council of Ministers. The negotiating mandate will need to be confirmed by the Chamber, during the session starting tomorrow in Brussels. Talks will then begin once the Council adopts its own common position.The visa waiver will be applicable in all EU member states (except Ireland, which has its own visa policy) and in the Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Ireland and the UK have a specific bilateral arrangement which provides for visa-free travel between both countries.

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Civil Liberties MEPs confirm deal granting Georgia visa-free access to the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 gennaio 2017

SchengenThe deal reached between Parliament and Council negotiators granting Georgian citizens visa-free access to the Schengen area was endorsed on Thursday by the Civil Liberties Committee. The text, which was approved with 42 votes to 2, with 1 abstention, will need to be confirmed in plenary, probably in February.Under the visa exemption, Georgians who hold a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU without requesting a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes.The visa waivers apply to the Schengen area, which includes 22 EU member states (all except Ireland, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria) plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The legal change transferring Georgia from the list of countries whose nationals need a visa to enter the EU (the “negative” list) to the list of countries exempted of that requirement (the “positive” list) will have to be confirmed by Plenary as a whole, most likely in February. Following adoption by the Council of Ministers, the text will be signed and published in the Official Journal of the EU.
The visa waiver for Georgia will enter into force on the same date as the review of the visa suspension mechanism, which was approved by Parliament on 15 December (still pending finalisation of the official translation of the legal texts).

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Georgia to get visa-free access to the EU, MEPs and Council negotiators agree

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 dicembre 2016

WebGeorgian citizens will have the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa under an informal deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday.Parliament´s rapporteur, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG) said: “We are entering the final phase towards visa exemption for Georgian citizens. It was extremely important to reach a deal today, to move forward in parallel with the revision of the suspension mechanism and to be ready for a simultaneous entry into force. I am glad that the Council backed our commitment to deliver as soon as possible. At the end of the day we must keep in mind that this is for Georgian citizens to come closer to the European Union – in terms of mobility as well as in terms of political path”.The deal still needs to be confirmed by member state representatives (Coreper) and endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee and the Parliament as a whole, probably in January. Member states had linked the proposal to exempt Georgia from visa requirements with the strengthening of the visa suspension mechanism. Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on this mechanism on 7 December, which will be put to a vote in plenary session on Thursday.At the request of MEPs, the Slovak Presidency promised to write to them by the end of this week confirming that the Council will now do its utmost to speed up the processing of the deal reached on Georgia.The visa waiver for Georgia will enter into force on the same date as the review of the visa suspension mechanism.

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Visa-free access for Turkish nationals proposal under scrutiny

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 maggio 2016

Should turchia-ist3 nationals be exempted from EU visa requirements for entry to the Schengen area by June 2016? On Monday evening Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee MEPs and EU Commission officials will debate whether the visa waiver proposed by the Commission on 4 May should be granted to Turkey, even though it has yet to meet certain EU conditions. The waiver cannot take effect without Parliament’s assent.As part of the EU-Turkey deal reached on 18 March to manage migration and refugee flows better, EU leaders offered to accelerate visa liberalisation for Turkey, provided that all EU benchmarks are met. Parliament will have to decide on an equal footing with the Council on the visa exemption under the codecision procedure.
In its third progress report, presented on 4 May, the Commission acknowledged that Ankara had yet to comply with five requirements, out of 72, regarding data protection and antiterrorist laws, among other issues.Following the Commission´s announcement, the European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) made clear that the proposal will be dealt with only after all the benchmarks have been fulfilled. Until this is fully the case, and until the Commission provides the Parliament with a written guarantee that it is the case, thorough work should continue but no referral to committee can take place. Before the debate on visa liberalisation, civil liberties MEPs will be presented with the opinion of the Parliament´s legal service on the legal aspects of the EU-Turkey deal on migration. Since the agreement was concluded, on 18 March, MEPs have voiced concerns regarding its compatibility with EU and international law.

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Parliament gives green light to visa-free travel for Moldovan citizens

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 marzo 2014

moldovaMoldovan citizens will soon be able to travel to the EU’s border-free Schengen area without a visa, under a draft law approved by Parliament on Thursday and already informally agreed with the Council. Moldova is the first Eastern Partnership country to meet all the requirements for visa-free travel laid down in the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.
The 2001 visa regulation lists non-EU countries whose nationals need a visa to travel to the Schengen area (the “negative list”) and those whose nationals do not need a visa for this purpose (the “positive list”).This update, approved by 460 votes in favour, 40 against and 10 abstentions, transfers Moldova from the negative to the positive list. Moldovans who have biometric passports (with a chip storing the holder’s facial image and fingerprints) would be able to travel to the Schengen area for 90 days within a 180-day period.”Today is a very significant day not only for the EU visa policy as such, but particularly for the Republic of Moldova. I am very pleased that the Parliament passed with such overwhelming majority the decision to abolish visas for the citizens of Republic of Moldova”, said rapporteur Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL).”Visa free regime is one of the most concrete elements of the relations with the EU and one of the most tangible measures, particularly important for the people, especially the young. Moldova is turning a new leaf. The government should continue with its European journey and I warmly welcome future efforts to be made in this regard”, she added.
After Parliament’s approval, the Council is expected to formally endorse the amended regulation no later than in April, subject to the check of the lawyer linguists. “The visa-free regime for Moldovan citizens should then be applicable before summer”, says Ms Fajon.Moldovan citizens already benefit from a visa-facilitation agreement with the EU in force since January 2008 (an upgraded agreement took effect in July 2013). According to the Commission, the number of short-stay Schengen visa applications from Moldovan citizens has remained stable over the past three years (oscillating between 50 000 and 55 000). Also, many of them already hold a Romanian passport.Moldova lifted the visa requirement for EU citizens on 1 January 2007.

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