HOME AFFAIRS COUNCIL : REINSTATING VISAS: STATES WANT MORE FLEXIBILITY.

 
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The application of the safeguard clause allowing the temporary reinstatement of the visa obligation for citizens from a third country should not contain quantified conditions: that is the main element of the global approach adopted, on 13 December 2011, by the member states' home affairs ministers regarding the European Commission's proposal revising the 2001 regulation on visas(1). Indeed, meeting in a Council, the 27 ministers rejected the Commission's proposal, according to which the safeguard clause can be activated in case of a sudden increase of at least 50% over a six-month period of the number of asylum seekers, the number of irregular migrants, and the number of rejected re-admission applications by nationals from third countries that have signed visa exemption agreements with the EU. The ministers agreed only to specify a sudden increase and thus to remove from the draft the 50%...

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