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Revision of the Community Code on Visas [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nikolai Atanassov (2nd edition on 12.4.2019),

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The European Union Code on Visas is one of the core elements of the EU’s visa policy. It lays down the procedures and conditions for issuing short-stay visas for third-country nationals.

On 14 March 2018, the Commission adopted a proposal to revise the Community Code on Visas (visa code). The main objective of the proposal is to strengthen the common visa policy while taking into account migration and security concerns, by increasing the role of visa policy in the EU’s cooperation with third-countries, as well as economic considerations, by facilitating processing of visas for legitimate travellers who contribute to the EU’s economy and its cultural and social development.

After Parliament voted its position on the proposal in December 2018, trilogue negotiations brought an agreement on a compromise text in February. The plenary is due to vote on confirming this text during the April II plenary session.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)
Committee responsible: Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) COM(2018) 252
Rapporteur: Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, Spain) 2018/0061(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Heinz K. Becker (EPP, Austria)
Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium)
Gérard Deprez (ALDE, Belgium)
Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL, France)
Bodil Valero (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, Italy)
Harald Vilimsky (ENF, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Final first-reading vote in plenary

Figure 1 – EU visa applications and granted visas (in millions)

Figure 1 – EU visa applications and granted visas (in millions)


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