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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

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Deal on an enhanced information system for visas in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 dicembre 2020

Parliament and Council’s negotiators agreed on a reform of the Visa Information System that works well with key databases and respects fundamental rights. According to the political agreement reached on Tuesday, the future Visa Information System (VIS) Regulation will establish clear conditions for access to different systems and databases, as well as the necessary fundamental rights safeguards.Parliament’s key demands were taken on board in the negotiation. The deal provides for: • improved legal and technical architecture of the system and interoperability with the other EU databases (Schengen Information System, the Entry-Exit System, European Travel Information Authorisation System, Eurodac, Europol data and ECRIS-TCN ) as part of the visa procedure; • long-stay documents are included, and the rights of the holders of such documents are safeguarded more robustly; • enhanced access for Europol and law enforcement authorities to VIS data; • the age at which fingerprints and facial images of minors can be collected will be lowered from 12 to 6 years in order to help identify and trace missing children, combat child trafficking and establish family links; fingerprints will not be required from those over the age of 75; • better safeguards on the use of facial images for biometric matching. The Commission will keep both the Parliament and the Council informed about the state of play on the preparations for the implementation of this reform, due in 2023. Rapporteur Paulo RANGEL (EPP, PT) said: “The European Parliament is delivering to our citizens. Better protecting our external borders, fighting child trafficking and terrorism, reinforcing free movement and Schengen, and contributing to a more efficient return policy. However, a fundamental principle must still be respected: a bigger system means bigger safeguards. This is the most important reform since the VIS was established and will have to be ready in 2023.” Work at technical level will be finalised shortly to reflect the results of the agreement. Parliament and Council will then have to endorse the deal.

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Parliament adopts new rules for short-stay visas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Positive incentives for non-EU countries cooperating on readmitting irregular migrants.
The EU will simplify procedures for requesting and issuing short-stay visas and will use its visa policy to encourage non-EU countries to cooperate on migration.
Parliament approved on Wednesday the new EU Visa Code, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers. The law establishes the procedures and conditions for issuing visas to nationals of more than one hundred non-EU countries travelling to the EU for short periods (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).Procedures for bona fide travellers will be simpler, and there will be a direct link between visa and migration policy.
Visa applications will have to be submitted between six months (instead of the current three months) and 15 days ahead of the intended trip, except for seafarers, who will be allowed to submit applications nine months in advance.Among other changes:
the general visa fee will increase from 60 to 80 euros -with a possible reduction for people under 18 years old-, and children under six, students and researchers will continue to be exempt from paying the visa fee;
the new prerequisite to buy travel health insurance will be assessed by the European Commission 15 months after being introduced, taking into account the actual medical costs incurred by visa-holders;
EU member states will have to work with external service providers to manage visa requests in non-EU countries where they are neither present nor represented; and
frequent travellers might be eligible for multiple entry visas.
Cooperation on readmission by non-EU countries
Some provisions, such as the visa fees, the time taken to issue decisions on applications, and the length of time for which multiple entry visas are valid, may be adapted depending on whether a given non-EU country cooperates “sufficiently”, or alternatively “insufficiently” on readmitting irregular migrants, following a full and objective assessment carried out by the European Commission every year.

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New EU short-stay visas: Parliament ready to begin talks

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

MEPs set the Parliament’s position ahead of the negotiation with the Council for an update of the EU Visa Code, which establishes the procedures and conditions for issuing visas to nationals of more than one hundred non-EU countries travelling to the EU for short periods (up to 90 days in any 180-day period). The text was approved with 401 votes to 222 and 40 abstentions,
MEPs want to facilitate legitimate travel for tourism, trade and business, whilst preventing irregular immigration and contributing to internal security. Among other changes, the Parliament proposes that:
some applicants may not need to present their applications in person and processing periods will be reduced;
travellers will be able to hand in applications at the consulate of another EU member state if the one responsible is neither present nor represented in a given third country or if the competent one is more than 500 km away from their place of residence;
travel health insurance will not be a prerequisite for requesting a visa;
the general visa fee will increase from 60 to 80 euros, with exceptions for some travellers, while children under 12, family members of EU nationals, students and researchers will have the fee waived;
it will be possible to apply for a visa up to nine months before the intended journey (instead of six months proposed by the Commission), and
additional facilities for artists and sports professionals touring in the EU and multiple entry visas for frequent travellers.Cooperation on readmission by third countries
Some provisions, such as the visa fees, the time taken to issue decisions on applications, and the period of validity of multiple entry visas, may be adapted depending on whether a given non-EU country shows “sufficient”, or alternatively “insufficient”, cooperation on readmitting irregular migrants, following a full and objective assessment by the European Commission.The EU ministers agreed their negotiating position last June. Talks between the colegislators are expected to begin before the Christmas break.

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Reimposing visas: MEPs back emergency brake measures

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

europa-261011-cVisa requirements for non-EU nationals will be reintroduced faster when EU countries face irregular migration surges or security risks, under new rules passed by Parliament on Thursday.
Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), said “We have succeeded in creating a more flexible and operational tool, while ensuring respect for human rights and a key role for the European Parliament. I am confident that following the approval of the suspension mechanism, the Council will cooperate fully to ensure that the proposals to grant visa waivers to Georgia and Ukraine are processed smoothly, given that both countries fulfilled the requested criteria some time ago.”
His report was approved by 485 votes to 132 with 21 abstentions.
Under the new rules, third countries’ visa waiver deals with the EU may be suspended, in which case their citizens would again need a visa to enter the EU, in one or more of the following cases:
a substantial increase in the number of nationals of that country are refused entry to or stay irregularly in EU territory,
a substantial increase in unfounded asylum applications,
a decrease in cooperation on readmissions (returns of migrants), or
an increase in risks or imminent threats to public policy or internal security related to nationals of the third country concerned.
Both EU member states and the European Commission will be able to trigger the visa waiver suspension mechanism. However, the text underlines that a decision to temporarily suspend a visa waiver must be based on “relevant and objective data”.
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 a 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. The Commission will also be in charge of monitoring the situation in visa-exempt countries and reporting, at least once a year, to Parliament and the Council on whether they still fulfil visa waiver conditions such as respect for human rights.
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 18 months. Both MEPs and member states may 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 from visa requirements to the list of those that are subject to them. This transfer would need to be approved by both Parliament and the Council. This revision of the visa suspension mechanism, enshrined in EU legislation since 2013, is linked to the proposals to grant visa-free access to the EU to Georgia, already agreed by MEPs and the Council, as well as to Ukraine and Kosovo.
Next steps The draft regulation still has to be formally approved by the Council. It will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the EU Official Journal.The visa suspension mechanism will not apply to the UK or Ireland. Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, 1st reading agreement

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Vers un régime sans visas

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 settembre 2010

Le Parlement devrait donner son feu vert le 7 octobre à l’exemption de visa pour les ressortissants de Bosnie-Herzégovine et d’Albanie d’ici la fin de l’année, après l’adoption d’un rapport allant dans ce sens en commission des Libertés civiles. La Commission européenne a en effet estimé que les deux pays remplissent les conditions de sécurité requises.
Le 30 novembre 2009, l’UE avait décidé de lever l’obligation de visa pour les ressortissants de la Serbie, du Monténégro et de l’ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine. La décision fut effective le 19 décembre 2009. La Bosnie-Herzégovine et l’Albanie n’avaient alors pas pu remplir l’ensemble des critères requis (liés à l’immigration clandestine, à l’ordre public et à la sécurité).En mai dernier toutefois, la Commission a jugé que les deux pays avaient bien progressé et recommande donc au Parlement et au Conseil de donner leur feu vert pour une suppression des visas d’ici la fin de l’année, pour les séjours de moins de trois mois. Le rapport de Tanja Fajon (S&D, SL), adopté par 49 voix contre 2, soutient la proposition. La rapporteure regrette toutefois que le Kosovo demeure “la seule partie des Balkans occidentaux totalement tenue à l’écart du processus de libéralisation du régime des visas”, en raison de “la division entre les Etats membres en ce qui concerne la reconnaissance de son indépendance”.

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