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Changes to European Union visa rules approved by member states

by Ray Clancy on February 26, 2019

European Union member states have agreed visa rules changes which aim to introduce more flexible procedures, strengthen security and increase multiple visa validity.

They endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal to modernize the EU’s common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments.

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The agreed changes will make it easier for legitimate travelers to obtain a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business, whilst strengthening security and reducing irregular migration risks.

‘The new visa rules will facilitate travel for the millions of legitimate travelers who visit the EU every year to the benefit of our travel and tourism industry,’ said Dimitris Avramopoulos, commissioner for Home Affairs, Migration and Citizenship. [click to continue…]

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