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10-07-2018 - Hearing on the Visa Code and Humanitarian Visas

LIBE 10-01-2019 - 17:15
LIBE hearing on Visa Code and Humanitarian Visas

On Tuesday, 10 July 2018 from 15:30 to 18:30, LIBE Committee will hold a hearing on the Visa Code and Humanitarian Visas, in order to gather the input of experts and stakeholders for its further works.

The Visa Code contains the conditions and procedures for the issuing of Schengen short-stay visas and is one of the core elements of the EU's common visa policy. It has not been revised since its entry into force in 2010. The current Commission proposal focuses on streamlining and improving operational aspects of the visa procedure and adding new elements, such as the increase on the visa fees, clearer rules on the issuing of multiple entry visas with a long period of validity and the so-called leverage role that visa policy can exert in the EU's readmission policy.

The second part of the Hearing will focus on Humanitarian Visas. The European Parliament is currently drafting a legislative own-initiative report under Rule 45 of the Rules of Procedure, to call upon the Commission to present a separate legislative act on Humanitarian Visas.

Location : European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak building, room PHS 1A002

Background documents

Speeches and presentations from the speakers

      Marta MACHADO, Public Affairs Manager, HOTREC (Hotels, Restaurants & Cafés in Europe)/ NET (Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism)
      Chris DIX, Head of Business development VFS Global
      Tim SPRINGETT, European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)
      Marcello DI FILIPPO, Full Professor of International Law - University of Pisa
      Wouter VAN BALLEGOOIJ, European Added Value Unit, DG EPRS
      Violeta MORENO-LAX, Queen Mary University London
      Meena FERNANDES, Milieu
      Jan DE VOLDER, Community of Sant’Egidio

Humanitarian Visas - Rapporteur Juan Fernando López Aguilar (Plenary debate & vote)