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

Written by Maria Margarita Mentzelopoulou and Costica Dumbrava (1st edition),

close up on USA visa on the passport

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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.

Currently, the proposal is still at the early stage of discussions in committee.

Versions

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)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report


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

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

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