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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 312

Posts Tagged ‘visa’

EU-US visa reciprocity: the Commission must defend the rights of all EU citizens

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 ottobre 2020

MEPs call on the European Commission to take the measures foreseen in EU legislation to guarantee full visa reciprocity between the EU and the US.With 376 votes to 269 and 43 abstentions, the Chamber adopted on Thursday a resolution urging the Commission to present a legal act suspending the visa waiver for US nationals for twelve months, as established in the so-called reciprocity mechanism.Bulgarian, Croatian, Cypriot and Romanian nationals are still required to hold a visa to enter the US, while all other EU citizens are exempt from that requirement for short-stays (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), as are US nationals when they visit the European Union.According to EU legislation, if a third country does not lift visa requirements within 24 months of being formally notified of a situation of non-reciprocity, the EU Commission must adopt a legal act suspending the visa waiver for its nationals for 12 months. Both the European Parliament and Council could object to such an act (Article 290(2) of the Treaty).The situation of non-reciprocity affecting Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania was formally raised on 12 April 2014 (at the time, Poland was also affected, but since last year Polish citizens can travel to the US visa-free), so the deadline for the Commission to act expired on 12 April 2016.Parliament already asked the Commission to comply with the rules in a plenary resolution adopted in March 2017.

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Visa lancia Smarter STIP

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 settembre 2020

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) ha presentato oggi una nuova funzionalità che utilizza l’intelligenza artificiale (IA) in tempo reale per velocizzare le autorizzazioni delle transazioni anche nei casi in cui si verifichino interruzioni di servizio. Basandosi sul deep learning e analizzando le transazioni passate, Visa Smarter Stand-in Processing (Smarter STIP) è in grado di generare decisioni informate e accettare o rifiutare le transazioni per conto degli emittenti indipendentemente dal fatto che i sistemi siano online o offline. Già da tempo Visa offre servizi per prevenire le frodi utilizzando l’intelligenza artificiale e le reti neurali: Smarter STIP si inserisce in questo contesto e rappresenta la prima di una serie di soluzioni innovative basate sull’intelligenza artificiale destinate a VisaNet, la rete globale di pagamenti elettronici di Visa.Sia che si tratti di una manutenzione programmata, che di un’interruzione imprevista, i tempi di interruzione dei servizi di pagamento (“downtime”) hanno un impatto molto negativo per le istituzioni finanziarie e i loro clienti. Le conseguenze di un downtime, se la funzione stand-in processing non è attiva, possono essere realmente rilevanti: dalla perdita di fatturato dovuta alle transazioni non riuscite, ad un’esperienza cliente negativa, ad un aumento delle chiamate ai centri di assistenza clienti, fino a potenziali danni alla reputazione e controlli da parte delle autorità regolatorie.Il nuovo servizio Smarter STIP di Visa utilizza il deep learning per analizzare le transazioni passate. Pertanto, la decisione relativa alla transazione fornita dalla funzione Smarter STIP si basa su informazioni specifiche derivate dal comportamento di acquisto passato del titolare della carta, piuttosto che esclusivamente su regole statiche applicate a un intero portfolio di carte. Con questo livello aggiuntivo di elaborazione, Visa è in grado di fornire una valutazione della singola transazione che rispecchia più fedelmente il processo decisionale dell’emittente stesso, con la possibilità di ridurre in alcuni casi fino al 50% il rifiuto di una transazione al titolare della carta.
Visa Smarter STIP è una delle numerose nuove funzionalità di deep learning in tempo reale progettate per risolvere le grandi sfide relative ai pagamenti digitali che da sempre devono affrontare acquirenti, venditori e istituzioni finanziarie. Questi servizi avanzati sono resi possibili dagli investimenti che Visa ha realizzato per ottimizzare la propria infrastruttura, che include una piattaforma scalabile, ad alte prestazioni, basata su GPU e progettata per supportare una rapida implementazione di funzionalità di deep learning.

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Visa reciprocity with the US: the Commission must comply with EU law and act

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2020

Citizens of four EU member states still need a visa to travel to the US. MEPs call on the Commission to take the measures foreseen in EU legislation in order to ensure full visa reciprocity.With 37 votes to 21 and 6 abstentions, the Civil Liberties adopted on Tuesday a draft resolution urging the Commission to present a delegated act suspending for 12 months the visa waiver for US nationals, as established in the so-called reciprocity mechanism.Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are the four EU countries whose nationals are required to hold a visa to enter the US, while the rest of EU citizens are exempted of that requirement for short-stays (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), as are US nationals when visiting the Union.
According to EU legislation, if a third country does not lift the visa requirements within 24 months of a formal notification of a situation of non-reciprocity, the EU Commission must adopt a delegated act suspending the visa waiver for its nationals for 12 months. Both the European Parliament and the Council could object to such delegated act.The situation of non-reciprocity affecting Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania was formally raised on 12 April 2014 (at the time, Poland was also concerned, but Polish citizens can travel to the US visa-free since last year), so the deadline for the Commission to act expired on 12 April 2016.The Parliament already requested the Commission to comply with the rules in a plenary resolution adopted in March 2017.MEPs underline that “the issue at stake is (…) one of solidarity between EU member states”, but also “an institutional one in which the Parliament and the Council are currently deprived of their prerogative” of an adequate involvement in the application of the reciprocity mechanism.The draft resolution also stresses that the reintroduction of visa requirements for US citizens would only be effective in case of no objection by the Parliament or the Council to the delegated act (Article 290(2) of the Treaty).

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Visa Inc. to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 novembre 2019

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) announced its participation in the following investor conference.On Wednesday, December 4th, Vasant Prabhu, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Wells Fargo TMT Summit in Las Vegas. The discussion will begin at 11:25 a.m. Pacific Time and last for approximately 30 minutes.Listen-only audio webcast and replay will be accessible for 30 days on the Investor Relations website at http://investor.visa.com.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. Our relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

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Visa Chief Financial Officer Vasant Prabhu Appointed Company Vice Chairman

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 maggio 2019

Visa Inc. announced today that Vasant Prabhu, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee, will take on the added title of Vice Chairman for the global payments technology company.As part of his expanded role, Prabhu will take an active role in representing Visa at payments industry forums and serving as a valuable voice with key constituents on business issues of strategic importance to Visa and its clients. Additionally, he will provide strategic counsel on major initiatives and geographies important to Visa’s future growth.“I have extraordinary respect for Vasant,” said Al Kelly, Visa CEO. “He is a strong strategist with a deep knowledge of our business, and is very well regarded in the industry. This expanded role will enable us to leverage his expertise in new and meaningful ways.” Prior to joining Visa, Prabhu worked at NBCUniversal Media, LLC, as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s finance function as well as the operations and technical services division. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2014, Prabhu served as the chief financial officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. since 2004.In 2010, Prabhu was named Vice Chairman of Starwood. At Starwood, he was responsible for all financial functions, information technology and a range of corporate functions. He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Safeway Inc., and held senior leadership roles at The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc. and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Prabhu holds a B.S. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Visa’s Board of Directors Elects Visa CEO Al Kelly as Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 aprile 2019

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. as Chair of the Board, effective as of April 16, 2019. Mr. Kelly will continue to serve as Visa’s Chief Executive Officer, a role he has held since December 2016. Mr. Kelly will succeed Robert (Bob) Matschullat as Chair of the Board. Mr. Matschullat will continue to serve on the Board and as Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee. The company also announced that the Board unanimously elected John F. Lundgren, a member of the Board since April 2017, as Lead Independent Director, also beginning April 16, 2019.
In evaluating the Board’s leadership structure, the Board considered the relevant merits of combining the roles of Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and appointing a strong Lead Independent Director, versus keeping the roles of Chair and CEO separate. The Board concluded that Al Kelly was the person best suited to serve as Chair of the Board at this time, providing consistent leadership and a unified voice for the company. In addition, the Board reaffirmed its commitment to independent board leadership by appointing John Lundgren to a robust Lead Independent Director role. Mr. Lundgren is an experienced leader, having led Stanley Black & Decker and The Stanley Works as CEO for 12 years and Chairman for 9 years.“On behalf of the Board, we are pleased to appoint Al as Visa’s Chair, in addition to his continuing role as Chief Executive Officer,” said Bob Matschullat, previous Chair of the Visa Board of Directors. “Al has made a significant impact on the company during the past few years as Visa’s CEO. The Board believes Al’s strategic vision, proven leadership capabilities and deep payments expertise make him the right person to lead Visa both as CEO and as Chair of the Board into the future. The Board is also pleased that John Lundgren, with his decades of leadership experience and fresh perspective in the Board room, has stepped into the role of Lead Independent Director.”

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Visa Inc. to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 marzo 2019

On Wednesday, March 13, Vasant Prabhu, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the 2019 Wolfe FinTech Forum in New York City. The discussion will begin at 12:10 p.m. Eastern Time and last for approximately 40 minutes.Listen-only audio webcast and replay will be accessible for 30 days on the Investor Relations website at http://investor.visa.com.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

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Upgraded EU visa information database to enhance security at external borders

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Committee would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to store issued visas, to verify that a person presenting a visa is its rightful holder and to identify persons found on the Schengen territory with no or fraudulent documents. The reform would enable the system to better respond to evolving security and migratory challenges and improve the EU’s external border management The Civil Liberties Committee agreed to the following changes to VIS: mandatory security checks across all databases (such as for example Eurodac and the Entry-Exit System) to detect applicants using multiple identities and identify anyone posing security or irregular migration risks;
inclusion of long-stay visas, including the so called golden visas, and residence permits in the database to close security information gaps;
the age for obtaining fingerprints and facial images of minors will be lowered from 12 to 6 years, to help identify and trace missing children and establish family links;
a more structured access to Europol and law enforcement authorities to VIS data for the prevention, detection or investigation of terrorist offences or other serious crimes or for the search and identifying of missing or abducted persons and victims of trafficking, and Quote.
Rapporteur Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT) said: “We are securing our territory before people reach our borders. We are enhancing the screening of third country nationals, including those with golden visas. We will have better tools for return. We will prevent child trafficking and better identify criminals and terrorists. This is a future proof VIS.”The draft report was adopted by 30, to 8, 3 abstentions on Monday. The Full House will likely vote on the draft report in the first March plenary.The Civil Liberties MEPs agreed that the new rules should become applicable two years after their publication. Eu-LISA agency will be responsible for the development and management of the upgraded VIS database.

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Paidy Announces Strategic Investment from Visa

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 agosto 2018

Paidy Inc. (“Paidy”), an instantly-issued post-pay credit provider, announced an investment from Visa (NYSE:V) as part of the company’s Series C funding. Paidy is Japan’s first instantly-issued post-pay credit service for ecommerce consumers. In addition, the two companies are partnering on new digital payment experiences that will give Japanese consumers more options when buying online and in-store.Paidy does not require pre-registration or a credit card to use; Paidy consumers purchase products online using a mobile phone number and email address (verification is established though a four-digit code sent via SMS) and settle all their purchases in a single monthly bill. Paidy also supports instalment and subscription payments. There are currently over 1,500,000 Paidy users. Visa is working to develop and support new payment methods, as the world moves beyond plastic and towards digital credentials. In 2017, the scale of the domestic ecommerce market in Japan expanded by 9.1% to 16.5 trillion yen.2 Japan is among the world’s fastest growing ecommerce markets3, but is also heavily reliant on cash. Visa and Paidy have a shared objective to offer consumers more convenient alternatives to current popular payment methods, like cash on delivery. The companies’ collaboration will also support Paidy’s expansion into new types of services for their customers.“We have been following Paidy’s progress and the enhanced shopping experience they provide at the time of purchase,” said Chris Clark, Regional President, Asia Pacific, Visa. “In Japan there is enormous opportunity to bring consumers more options to pay, whether all at once or in instalments, especially when shopping across multiple channels. We look forward to this partnership to deliver these kind of new experiences.”Russell Cummer, Founder and Executive Chairman of Paidy said, “We are extremely honoured that Paidy’s business concept was highly valued by the world’s largest payment network, Visa. Through this tie-up, we expect to deliver Paidy’s frictionless and intuitive transactional credit to a much broader audience. Furthermore, by adding new payment functions and diverse financial services, together with Visa, we can promote our vision of removing barriers and create unique consumer experiences for as many people as possible.”

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Nuovo programma Airport Companion riservato ai titolari Visa

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 gennaio 2018

visa1Londra. Visa in partnership con DragonPass ha lanciato il programma Airport Companion riservato ai titolari Visa, ideato per fornire una serie di vantaggi esclusivi in grado di rendere ancora più piacevole l’esperienza di viaggio. I servizi verranno offerti ai viaggiatori attraverso le istituzioni finanziarie che emettono carte Visa in Europa e che hanno aderito all’iniziativa. I titolari Visa abilitati potranno accedere a oltre mille sale lounge e a una serie di sconti riservati nei ristoranti degli aeroporti. Alcuni dei titolari potranno inoltre accedere ad alcune caratteristiche premium come trasferimenti, spa, code veloci e coupon digitali per pasti e bevande gratuite. Il Programma mette in grado i titolari Visa di gestire la loro partecipazione attraverso un’app dedicata che consente loro di effettuare pagamenti, ricevere suggerimenti dedicati e altro ancora.L’offerta di servizi targata DragonPass è abilitata a livello tecnologico da Visa Developer Platform che utilizza le Api (le Application Programming Interface) di Visa per abilitare il processo (senza interruzioni) di verifica dell’account e di abilitazione al programma, rendendo più semplice per le banche l’integrazione del programma all’interno delle proprie app e la definizione di servizi per la loro specifica base clienti e in base ai loro obiettivi commerciali. Un processo digitale semplificato diinstallazione fornisce alle istituzioni finanziarie la capacità di sviluppare servizi rapidamente e in grado di rispondere efficacemente ai loro requisiti. DragonPass inoltre abilita le istituzioni finanziarie nella gestione di campagne su misura per segmenti per ottimizzare il servizio, guidando l’acquisizione, la fidelizzazione e l’incremento del valore percepito dai clienti.
La presenza globale di DragonPass sta crescendo rapidamente e può contare attualmente su oltre mille lounge e oltre 2000 restauranti convenzionati all’interno degli aeroporti fruibili dagli utenti a livello mondiale.Il programma offre sconti in un’ampia gamma di outlet, dalla Caviar House di Magala a Los Clos di Dubai, e l’accesso alle sale lounge più confortevoli come la Maple Leaf lounge a Francoforte e la Plaza Premium Lounge all’aeroporto di Londra Heathrow.

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Visa Debuts an Interactive Shopping Experience for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 dicembre 2017

Visa Olympics Innovation & Commerce UnveilVisa (NYSE: V), the official payment technology partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is making it possible for you to dress like your favorite Team USA athlete. Fans at home watching the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be able to buy Team USA apparel with just a few clicks using Visa Checkout. For the first time during the Olympic Winter Games, NBC will direct viewers to a newly launched platform where they can browse and buy gear from the Team USA Shop worn by athletes from the mountain to the medal podium.As a leader in payment innovation, Visa continues to showcase the future of digital payments and bring the excitement of the Games closer to fans all over the globe. This new platform is an extension of Visa’s Olympic Winter Games commerce experience, including the recently announced wearable payment devices, such as payment-enabled gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic Winter Games pins, all commercially available in South Korea. The wearables allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.In an effort to make the online checkout process faster and simpler for fans, Visa is the preferred payment method on the shopping platform, and fans can spend more time catching medal-worthy moments by paying with Visa Checkout.“Visa is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring seamless commerce experiences to fans,” said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa. “While the wearables will transform the payment experiences for fans attending the Games, this integrated shopping experience is Visa’s way of imbedding the future of retail into the viewing experience for those fans cheering on Team USA at home.”As home to the Olympic Winter Games, NBC will integrate the platform into on-air prompts and digital channels, directing fans to a new shopping experience that features similar products to what they are seeing on athletes. The featured gear from the Team USA Shop, powered by Fanatics, the global leader in licensed sports merchandise and official ecommerce partner of Team USA, will include sweatshirts, beanies, mittens, t-shirts, hats and more, and purchases will support the Team USA athletes. While the platform is now live with apparel available for purchase, the Opening Ceremony will mark the first time the shopping platform will update in real-time, and continue throughout the Games.“We are committed to making the at-home viewing experience as engaging for fans as possible,” said Dan Lovinger, EVP, Ad Sales and Sales Marketing, NBC Sports Group. “Incorporating a retail component into our broadcast is just another way fans can bring the Games into their home and support their favorite athletes.”Team Visa athletes, including Americans Mikaela Shiffrin, Chloe Kim, Gus Kenworthy and Hilary Knight, will be featured on the platform when they are competing or appearing. Click here to find the current roster of Team Visa PyeongChang 2018 athletes. (photo: Hilary Knight)

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Parliament approves Ukraine visa waiver

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 aprile 2017

ucrainaBruxelles. Ukrainian citizens will be exempted from EU short-stay visa requirements, after Parliament endorsed an informal deal with the Council on Thursday. Under the new law, Ukrainians who hold a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for tourism, to visit relatives or friends, or for business purposes, but not to work. The exemption applies to all EU countries, except Ireland and the UK, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.“Ukraine has achieved all the benchmarks, sothe visa requirement should be lifted”, noted rapporteur for the proposal Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), adding that the visa waiver will be a “another very strong message that Ukraine is a key partner for the European Union in the Eastern Partnership”.The legislation, approved by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions, still needs to be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers. It is likely to enter into force in June, 20 days after it is published in the EU Official Journal.Before exempting Ukrainians from visa requirements, the EU strengthened the visa waiver suspension mechanism, to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases.

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Lancio in Europa della Everywhere Initiative

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

visaBarcellona, Spagna – 27 febbraio 2017 – Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) ha annunciato il lancio anche in Europa della propria Everywhere Initiative, un programma volto all’innovazione, pensato per incoraggiare lo sviluppo di prodotti e servizi che rappresentino la “next big thing”, in un mercato, come quello attuale dei pagamenti, che sta vivendo una rapida evoluzione dalle carte di pagamento di plastica al digitale. I partecipanti a questa prima edizione europea del contest si contenderanno un premio da 50.000 euro per dare vita a un programma pilota con Visa, o in partnership con i clienti di Visa, ricevendo allo stesso tempo il supporto qualificato degli esperti di business e in tecnologia di Visa e un accesso privilegiato alle API del network di pagamento. Oltre a questo programma europeo, visto il successo delle passate edizioni, Visa riproporrà anche nel 2017 la Everywhere Initiative in Nord America, America Latina e Asia.
Considerato il grande dinamismo che attualmente caratterizza il settore dei pagamenti, la Everywhere Initiative di Visa ci permette di esplorare un’ampia gamma di idee che risolvano sfide imprenditoriali, che influenzino lo sviluppo dei nostri prodotti, che supportino i nostri clienti e formino la nostra cultura dell’innovazione” ha affermato Shiv Singh, senior vice president innovation and strategic partnership di, Visa Inc. “Ogni volta che lanciamo questo programma in una nuova regione del mondo, raggiungiamo l’obiettivo di attrarre imprenditori di talento con grandi idee volte al mondo dei pagamenti. Ci aspettiamo risultati allo stesso modo straordinari anche per l’Europa nei mesi a venire.”
A partire dal mese di marzo 2017, Visa invita le imprese in Europa a candidare le proprie soluzioni per il business che rispondano ad una delle tre sfide seguenti:
• Local Community Challenge, rivolta alle comunità locali: come possono le tecnologie per i pagamenti digitali supportare la creazione di prodotti che connettano le persone tra loro e arricchiscano le comunità locali?
• Regional Intercity Challenge, per la mobilità interurbana: come possono le tecnologie per i dispositivi mobili e i dispositivi connessi trasformare l’esperienza del viaggio nelle diverse città?
• International Travel Challenge, per i viaggi a livello internazionale: come possono nuovi prodotti e servizi, basati sulle API Visa, regalare un’esperienza di viaggio a livello internazionale senza complicazioni o problematiche? (foto: visa)

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Georgia visa waiver approved by Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 febbraio 2017

Georgian citizens will be able to enter the Schengen area without a visa for short stays, under a new law passed by Parliament on ThurSchengensday. The legislation still needs to be formally approved by the Council and will only enter into force once the suspension mechanism, which allows the temporary reintroduction of visas in the event of migration surges or risks to public security, is in place.
Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), acknowledged the “broad and complex reforms” carried out by Georgia in order to get the visa waiver and thanked the country’s authorities and citizens for their consistency and patience. She also congratulated them on the strength of their democratic conviction and noted that the visa exemption brings the country closer to the EU.
Under the visa exemption, endorsed in plenary by 553 votes to 66, with 28 abstentions, Georgians who hold a biometric passport will have the right to enter the EU visa-free for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes, but not to work.
Tbilisi has complied with all the benchmarks of its visa liberalisation plan, the text notes, underlining that “continuous fulfilment by Georgia of such criteria, especially on the fight against organised crime, will be duly monitored by the Commission.”
The visa waivers apply to the Schengen area, which includes 22 EU member states (all except Ireland, the UK, 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 from this requirement (the “positive” list) will have now to be approved by the Council of Ministers. Following its formal signature, the text will be published in the EU Official Journal.

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Visa suspension mechanism: Parliament and Council negotiators strike a deal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 dicembre 2016

The EU Commission and member states will be able to reimpose visa requirements faster and more easily under new rules agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Wednesday. Parliament´s rapporteur for the preuropean commissionoposal, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), noted that “the changes agreed provide flexibility for the rapid activation of the suspension mechanism”. He also underlined that the deal “will facilitate the immediate consideration of the two visa liberalization proposals for Georgia and Ukraine.”
According to the deal, visa requirements may be reintroduced for a non-EU country in one or more of the following cases:
· a substantial increase in the number of nationals of that country refused entry or irregularly staying in the EU territory,
· a substantial increase in unfounded asylum applications, or
· a lack of cooperation on readmissions (returns of migrants).
Visas could also be reintroduced in the event of threats to public policy or internal security related to nationals of the third country concerned.The informal deal will be put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday around noon. If approved, it will still need to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole, probably next week, and national governments.
The review of the visa suspension mechanism, which has existed since 2013, is linked to the proposals to grant visa-free access to the EU to Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, currently under discussion.
Under the draft law, both member states and the European Commission will be able to trigger the suspension mechanism. The Commission will be in charge of monitoring the situation in visa-exempt countries and reporting to Parliament and the Council on whether they still fulfill visa waiver conditions such as respect for human rights.
Following a notification by a member state (or a request by a simple majority of member states), or based on its own report, the Commission will have one month in which to decide to suspend the visa waiver for nine months. This decision will take effect automatically.During the suspension period, the Commission should try, together with the country concerned, to find solutions to the circumstances that led to the suspension.If the situation persists, the Commission will have to present, at the latest two months before the end of the nine-month period, a proposal to prolong the temporary restoration of visa requirements for an additional period of 18 months. Both MEPs and member states can object to this decision.The Commission may also decide at any point to present a legislative proposal to move a non-EU country from the list of countries exempted of visa requirements to the list of those that are subject to them.
Targeting categories of third country nationalsThe suspension of the visa waiver may target certain categories of nationals of the third country concerned. The draft text stresses, however, that categories will have to be sufficiently large to address the specific problems detected while being proportionate to the threat. The visa suspension mechanism will not apply to the UK or Ireland.

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Parliament backs visa waiver agreements with five Pacific states

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 dicembre 2016

europa-261011-cThe European Parliament backed on Thursday short-stay visa waiver agreements between the EU and the states of Kiribati, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Marshall Islands. EU citizens will be able to travel visa-free to the five Pacific countries, and their citizens to the EU, for stays of up to 90 days within any 180-day period.The visa waiver covers all categories of persons (ordinary, diplomatic, service/official and special passport holders) travelling for all kinds of purposes, except for carrying out a paid activity.
According to Parliament´s rapporteur for the agreements, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), the visa deals represent a culmination of the deepening of relations with those countries and show the EU´s commitment to the region. The EU is currently negotiating Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements with fourteen Pacific countries, including these five.

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Civil liberties MEPs back visa waivers for Kosovo and Georgia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 settembre 2016

parlamento europeoPlans to grant citizens of Kosovo and Georgia the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa were backed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Monday. The Committee approved the visa waiver for Kosovo by 25 votes to 24 with 2 abstentions, and that for Georgia by 44 votes to 5. Following the abolition of visas for the citizens of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2009 and for Albania and Bosnia and Hercegovina in 2010, Kosovo was left isolated as the only Balkan country whose citizens still needed a visa to travel to the EU. It started the visa liberalisation process in 2012, four years after all the other countries in its neighbourhood.One of the 95 criteria the country should fulfil before obtaining the visa waiver is to ratify the border agreement with Montenegro, still pending.Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Tanja Fajon (S&D, SI), believes that lifting the visa requirements will send a powerful signal to Kosovars, so that the country does not lose its EU accession hopes and aspirations and thus pursues its stability and democratic reform efforts. Regarding the non-recognition issue (five EU countries do not recognize Kosovo), the draft legislation states that the abolition of visas does not affect the individual positions of the EU member states on Kosovo’s status.
The EU-Georgia visa liberalisation dialogue started in 2012 and by the end of 2015, the EU Commission had concluded that the country had fulfilled all the benchmarks. Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, believes that the visa waiver is an important instrument for stepping up economic and cultural relations and intensifying political dialogue, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms.More efforts are necessary, however, in areas such as freedom of the media, independence of the judiciary, the fairness of elections and increased participation of women and national minority representatives, says Ms Gabriel.
The Committee approved the opening of negotiations with the Council on the Georgia proposal (with 44 votes in favour, 5 against and 1 abstention), with a view to reaching an agreement at the first reading, as well as the composition of the negotiating team. On Kosovo, MEPs rejected starting talks with the Council, with 24 votes to 25.

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I consumatori europei pronti all’uso della biometria per la sicurezza dei pagamenti

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 luglio 2016

sistema riconoscimentoSecondo una recente ricerca Visa (Visa Inc – NYSE: V) i consumatori europei sono favorevoli all’utilizzo della biometria nei sistemi di pagamento in particolare quando è integrata con altre misure di sicurezza. Circa tre quarti della popolazione europea (73%; 76% la media italiana) ritiene l’autenticazione a due fattori, cioè nei casi in cui un parametro biometrico è utilizzato in combinazione a un dispositivo di pagamento fisico, un metodo sicuro per autentificare il titolare al momento del pagamento. L’autenticazione a due fattori implica un qualcosa che si ha, come una carta o un telefonino; un qualcosa che si è, come un parametro biometrico; oppure qualcosa che si sa, come un PIN o una password. Oltre due terzi dei consumatori, 68%, desiderano usare soluzioni biometriche per l’autenticazione nei pagamenti per lo shopping sia a casa che in giro per negozi. La quota di consumatori propensi alle tecnologie di biometria sale al 74% in Italia, la più alta registrata in Europa. Per gli esercenti online, in particolare, questa è un’opportunità da cogliere tempestivamente, considerando che il 31% dei consumatori ha abbandonato l’acquisto online a causa del processo di sicurezza del pagamento. […]
Tuttavia al momento la sfida maggiore per la biometria si colloca in quegli scenari in cui è l’unica forma di autenticazione utilizzata. […] I sistemi biometrici di riconoscimento funzionano al meglio se combinati con altri fattori quali il dispositivo fisico, le tecnologie di geo-localizzazione e metodi di autenticazione aggiuntivi […]
La popolarità delle impronte digitali – La ricerca, con uno studio condotto su oltre 14mila consumatori europei, rivela che la familiarità e la conoscenza delle forme di biometria sono fattori fondamentali per il progresso in questa direzione. Con il sopraggiungere dei pagamenti tramite dispositivi mobili, il riconoscimento delle impronte digitali sembra essere il metodo biometrico più promettente per la sua facilità di utilizzo e la sicurezza […] oltre la metà dei consumatori (53%) dichiara di prediligere le impronte digitali […]La chiave tra sicurezza e facilità dei processi d’acquisto – Oltre due terzi dei consumatori (67%) riconosce l’importanza dei dettagli di sicurezza per proteggere la propria identità: […] La ricerca ha rilevato, infatti, che l’autenticazione biometrica è considerata importante in egual misura sia negli acquisti face-to-face, quando cioè efficienza e velocità sono prioritarie, sia nelle transazioni online.
Tutto ciò si rispecchia nei risultati della ricerca:
· Il 48% vorrebbe usare l’autenticazione biometrica per i pagamenti sui trasporti pubblici
· Il 47% desidera utilizzare metodi di autenticazione biometrica per i pagamenti al bar o al ristorante
· Il 46% li utilizzerebbe per tutto lo shopping, dalla spesa quotidiana al caffè ai pagamenti al fast-food
· Il 40% vorrebbe utilizzarlo per l’e-commerce
· Il 39% per pagare contenuti scaricati online (foto: sistema riconoscimento)

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European Commission Approves Visa Inc.’s Acquisition of Visa Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 giugno 2016

san franciscoSan Francisco CA Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) Yesterday announced that the European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Visa Europe Ltd. by Visa Inc. Visa has now received all regulatory approvals required for the acquisition. The transaction has already been cleared by both the Jersey and the Turkish competition authorities. The transaction is expected to close in Visa Inc.’s fiscal third quarter of 2016. Visa will announce the closing once it has occurred.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are identified by words such as “will,” “is expected,” and other similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements Visa Inc. makes about the likelihood and timing of the closing of the acquisition.

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Civil Liberties MEPs back visa waiver agreement with Peru

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2016

Lima_Peru_01Civil Liberties MEPs backed on Tuesday the EU-Peru visa waiver agreement under which Peruvians will be able to travel visa-free to the EU territory and EU nationals to Peru for stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period. The draft recommendation, approved with 50 votes in favour and 1 against, will now have to endorsed by the Parliament as a whole.The agreement, which is being applied provisionally since 14 March, pending approval by the EP, covers all categories of persons (ordinary, diplomatic, service/official and special passport holders) travelling for all kinds of purposes, except for carrying out a paid activity.In her report, the civil liberties committee rapporteur, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), considers that the visa waiver will enhance economic and cultural relations between the EU and Peru and will intensify political dialogue, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms. She also notes that Peru was one of a minority of Latin American countries still subject to visa requirements by the EU.The deal will not apply to UK and Ireland, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime to these member states remains subject to their national legislation. In the case of France and the Netherlands, the provisions of the agreement apply only in their European territories.

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