The European Parliament the very best on 2nd March 2017 in order to require the European Commission in order to suspend visa exemption status for all of us citizens.
In ETOA’ s view this is extremely not likely to happen: the Council of the EUROPEAN will object and the status quo will certainly prevail.
The situation occurs because, since 2014, citizens associated with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland plus Romania have needed an australian visa to visit the US. This means that there is not complete reciprocity in treatment of EU plus US citizens.
EU laws provides for a ‘ delegated act’ allowing the Commission to postpone exemption from visa requirements in case of ‘ non-reciprocity. ’ This would apply at citizens of countries that inflict visa requirement on EU residents.
The Commission questioned Parliament and Council to review the problem in April 2016.
Article 290 of the Treaty associated with Lisbon allows both the Council plus Parliament to revoke such a delegated act, or object to the implementation. Given the Parliamentary election, attention now switches to the Authorities.
Tom Jenkins, ETOA’ s CEO commented:
“ There is no imminent threat in order to current US-Europe visa waiver plans. So long as the US requires visas through some citizens of the EU, then your EU – as a whole – will be obliged to reciprocate. The Western european Parliament is exploring the nature of the obligation.
Seldom comes with an inter-institutional dialogue contained such surprising ideas. If the visa exemption would be to be suspended it would inflict troublesome checks on the citizens of our best ally, to certain retaliation plus consequent economic detriment. Destination nations would have to hire thousands of staff in order to process millions of unnecessary visas.
At a time when absurdity plus politics are bedfellows, we are getting asked to contemplate folly cubed. The Council needs to block this particular quickly. Then the Commission can go back to establishing reciprocity quietly, through the regular diplomatic channels. ”
ETOA continues to work with its sector partners in Brussels to withstand any reintroduction of visa specifications, and pushes for visa facilitation through reform of the Visa Program code. With the prospect of ETIAS, a brand new pre-clearance system designed to enhance protection, ETOA believes that the case to get more countries to be granted visa-waiver standing will strength.