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The common visa policy

16 June - 17 June 2014, Brussels, Belgium (DG Home 2014)

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The Schengen Area is one of the greatest achievements of the EU. It cannot function efficiently without a common visa policy setting out rules for the legal entry and short stays of non-EU citizens.

On April 1 the European Commission put forward legislative proposals with the objective to shorten and simplify the procedures for third-country visitors, be it business people or tourists, wanting to enter and travel within the Schengen area without internal borders.

In this context, the Directorate General for Home Affairs (DG Home) of the European Commission and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) will organise the seminar: The common visa policy, on 16-17 June in Brussels. The event will cater for 30 journalists from countries outside the EU plus 15 Brussels-based non-EU reporters.

This background briefing primarily seeks to create a better understanding of the development of the common visa policy and its implementation by Member States' consulates and central visa authorities.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom, will address the participating journalists on June 16. EU officials in charge of this policy will join the different sessions and panel discussions.

Journalists mainly from the following countries will be invited: Russia, Ukraine, China, Turkey, Belarus, India, Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Angola, Vietnam, Kosovo, Ecuador and Iraq.

A quota per nationality will apply based on the order of the countries mentioned above.

The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and most meals.

For further queries, please contact Cristina Romero at romero@ejc.net

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