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The EU may reintroduce visas for North Americans

16th September 2013, Comments 3 comments

The EU is considering reintroducing visas for US and Canadian citizens if Washington and Ottawa do not waive visas for certain European countries.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on September 12 amending EU Regulation (539/2001) on visas in order to respond to the retention of the visa requirement by certain third countries - including the United States and the Canada - for nationals of several countries of the EU, such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania, while their own citizens continue to benefit from the exemption of visas for entering in the EU, reports Jurnalul Naţional. The Romanian daily explains that

The EU wants to tighten up its policy the EU may be able to reintroduce visas for US and Canadian citizens, if Washington and Ottawa do not waive visas for EU nationals. The change will be effective 24 months after its publication in the EU's Official Journal.

An early assessment of the new mechanism will be made by the EU four years after its entry into force, writes the Jurnalul Naţional.

The vote also includes the possibility of doing away with - "as a last resort" - the exemption of visas for third-country nationals in the event of unjustified massive demand for asylum during six months, notes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for its part. The member states of the EU have yet to approve these changes, continues the German newspaper, adding -

The EU wants to tighten up its policy it is above all the German government that is committed to changing the rules on visas, to deal with the abuse of asylum applications from countries of the western Balkans (Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia), [...] whose citizens [who do not need visas to enter the EU] and have taken advantage of the free entry into Germany to lodge a claim.

Read this article in Dutch.

Reprinted with permission of Presseurop.




3 Comments To This Article

  • carrico posted:

    on 18th September 2013, 15:34:42 - Reply

    And don't forget the ketchup. Yeah, I'll take it to go.
    Interesting ploy, though, tackling the international problem of 'aliens.'
    Yeah, who isn't an alien?
  • Bill posted:

    on 18th September 2013, 13:27:43 - Reply

    Just like governments never listened to the french-fries!
  • Jimmy Trutho posted:

    on 17th September 2013, 15:01:02 - Reply

    We actually want restrictions on people from other countries, but when has the government ever listened to the burgers.....