Temporary suspension of the visa waiver of third-country nationals in case of emergency situations: extracts from the vote and statement by Agustin DIAZ DE MERA GARCIA CONSUEGRA (EPP, ES)- EP Committee on Civil Liberties
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Event date 08/04/2013
Short description Meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs in Brussels on the Temporary suspension of the visa waiver of third-country nationals in case of emergency situations. Views of the votes and statement by Agustin DIAZ DE MERA GARCIA CONSUEGRA (EPP, ES), rapporteur.
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Background MEPs voted on amendments to the EU visa regulation. MEPs amended the proposed update of the EU visa regulation to strengthen a “reciprocity mechanism” for dealing with third countries that persist in requiring EU citizens to obtain visas, even though their own citizens are exempt from EU visa requirements. This mechanism should enable the EU to put more pressure on third countries to obey the visa reciprocity rule. For example, the USA currently requires visas for EU citizens from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania and Poland, and Canada requires them for those from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania.

The amended visa regulation also includes a “suspension mechanism” to allow the EU to re-impose visa requirements temporarily in emergencies. This was inserted by the Commission at the request of EU member states that faced big influxes of asylum seekers after visa requirements were lifted for citizens of some countries.
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Format 16:9
Copyright © European Union, 2013
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