Visa reciprocity with US: Commission must suspend visa-free regime with US until full visa reciprocity is achieved
While citizens from the United States don’t need a visa to come to the EU, European citizens from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania are still required to have a visa to enter the US. The ALDE Group in the European Parliament denounces this discriminatory treatment and urges the Commission to take immediate action to put an end to this situation. The visa-free regime must be temporarily suspended until full visa reciprocity is achieved.
ALDE group vice-president and ALDE shadow rapporteur Filiz Hyusmenova (Movement for Rights and Freedom, Bulgaria), said: “The lack of visa reciprocity with the United States affects millions of European citizens in Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus and Poland. As a citizen of a directly affected party, I am strongly and unreservedly committed to achieving real visa reciprocity for Europeans”.
“The civil liberties committee in the European Parliament has repeatedly stressed that the Commission is obliged to take action to tackle the lack of visa reciprocity. The Commission is obliged to present a delegated act to temporarily suspend the visa-free regime for citizens of the United States”.
“It is high time the Commission takes a firm position and shows that the different treatment of European citizens is unacceptable”. “The inaction of the European Commission creates a sentiment of double standards for a two-speed Europe, as if there were different classes of Europeans. It undermines the confidence of some EU citizens in the institutions and damages the way in which Europe is perceived in the outside world”.
“We urge the Commission to fulfil its role as guardian of the Treaties to protect the interests of all European citizens”.