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A8-0028/2016

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P8_TA(2017)0237

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PE 569.500v02-00 A8-0028/2016

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1683/1995 of 29 May 1995 laying down a uniform format for visas

(COM(2015)0303 – C8‑0164/2015 – 2015/0134(COD))

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann

AMENDMENTS
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on Legal Affairs
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1683/1995 of 29 May 1995 laying down a uniform format for visas

(COM(2015)0303 – C8‑0164/2015 – 2015/0134(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2015)0303),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 77(2)(a) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8‑0164/2015),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs (A8-0028/2016),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading, taking over the Commission proposal;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The introduction of a uniform format for visas is an important element of the EU visa policy.

A uniform format for visas should contain all the necessary information and meet very high technical standards, notably as regards safeguards against counterfeiting and falsification. Furthermore it must also be suited to use by all the Member States and bear universally recognizable security features which are clearly visible to the naked eye.

The current security concept for a uniform format for visas dates back to 1995, when it was initially developed under the intergovernmental Schengen cooperation. Regulation (EC) No 1683/1995 on a uniform format for visas took it over into EU law. Since then, it has been modified substantially twice(1).

Over the past few years forged visa stickers have arisen in several Member States. The present sticker is, as far as specialists are concerned, not secure any longer.

The committee established by Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 1683/1995 has held several meetings over the past years to elaborate a new security concept and design to increase the protection against forgery. Based on the results of this committee, the Commission has presented a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1683/1995 laying down a uniform format for visas in June this year. The amending Regulation is based on Article 77(2)(a) of the TFEU.

Generally, the Commission should propose a recasting of a Regulation after the third substantial amendment. The rapporteur believes that the arguments provided by the Commission for not doing so in this case, are conclusive and comprehensible: The enacting term of the Regulation did not face substantial amendments by the Commission proposal and amendments are only made within the Annex of the Regulation that contains the secret technical specifications to the production of visa stickers. Since forged stickers are circulating, there is urgent need for action to produce new, unforgeable visa stickers. The Commission has furthermore held out the prospect that the Regulation could face a codification after it has been adopted.

According to the Commission, the expense of the introduction of the new visa sticker does not rise above the old ones.

Finally, the rapporteur is therefore persuaded that the Commission proposal should be adopted without any amendments in order to complete swift legislation for unforgeable visa stickers.

(1)

Council Regulation (EC) No 334/2002 of 18 February 2002

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006 of 20 November 2006


OPINION of the Committee on Legal Affairs (12.1.2016)

for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1683/1995 of 29 May 1995 laying down a uniform format for visas

(COM(2015)0303 – C8‑0164/2015 – 2015/0134(COD))

Rapporteur: Angel Dzhambazki

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Council Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 laying down a uniform format for visas took over the design adopted by the Schengen states and sets out in its recitals that these documents have to contain all the necessary information and meet very high technical standards, notably as regards safeguards against counterfeiting and falsification. Since the introductions of the uniform format for visas, two substantial modifications to the initial regulation have been adopted, which have contributed to the issuance of secure documents with very high technical standards. However, serious incidents of counterfeiting and fraud regarding the visa stickers have been detected in several Member States. The Commission considers that the current visa sticker, which has been in circulation for 20 years, has to be considered compromised. Against this background, it has proposed a new model with more security features in order to make the visa sticker more secure and prevent forgery. There are no substantive changes to the enacting terms of this Regulation; the annex is merely replaced to show the image and the general description of the new visa sticker.

In the light of the above, your rapporteur considers that the proposal should be approved without changes.

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The Committee on Legal Affairs calls on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, as the committee responsible, to propose that Parliament adopts its position at first reading taking over the Commission proposal.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Uniform format for visas

References

COM(2015)0303 – C8-0164/2015 – 2015/0134(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

LIBE

6.7.2015

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

JURI

6.7.2015

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Angel Dzhambazki

13.7.2015

Discussed in committee

12.11.2015

3.12.2015

 

 

Date adopted

11.1.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

21

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Max Andersson, Joëlle Bergeron, Marie-Christine Boutonnet, Jean-Marie Cavada, Mady Delvaux, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Laura Ferrara, Mary Honeyball, Dietmar Köster, Gilles Lebreton, António Marinho e Pinto, Julia Reda, Evelyn Regner, Pavel Svoboda

Substitutes present for the final vote

Daniel Buda, Angel Dzhambazki, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Constance Le Grip, Stefano Maullu, Angelika Niebler, Virginie Rozière


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Uniform format for visas

References

COM(2015)0303 – C8-0164/2015 – 2015/0134(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

24.6.2015

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

LIBE

6.7.2015

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

AFET

6.7.2015

JURI

6.7.2015

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

AFET

15.9.2015

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann

3.9.2015

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

13.10.2015

30.11.2015

16.2.2016

 

Date adopted

16.2.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

55

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Jan Philipp Albrecht, Michał Boni, Caterina Chinnici, Ignazio Corrao, Rachida Dati, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Frank Engel, Cornelia Ernst, Tanja Fajon, Laura Ferrara, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Lorenzo Fontana, Kinga Gál, Nathalie Griesbeck, Sylvie Guillaume, Jussi Halla-aho, Monika Hohlmeier, Brice Hortefeux, Sophia in ‘t Veld, Eva Joly, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Timothy Kirkhope, Barbara Kudrycka, Kashetu Kyenge, Marju Lauristin, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Monica Macovei, Roberta Metsola, Claude Moraes, József Nagy, Péter Niedermüller, Soraya Post, Judith Sargentini, Birgit Sippel, Branislav Škripek, Helga Stevens, Traian Ungureanu, Bodil Valero, Udo Voigt, Josef Weidenholzer, Cecilia Wikström, Kristina Winberg, Tomáš Zdechovský

Substitutes present for the final vote

Marina Albiol Guzmán, Carlos Coelho, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Daniel Dalton, Dennis de Jong, Gérard Deprez, Anna Hedh, Petr Ježek, Emil Radev, Christine Revault D’Allonnes Bonnefoy, Petri Sarvamaa, Barbara Spinelli, Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi

Date tabled

18.2.2016


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

55

+

ALDE Group

Gérard Deprez, Nathalie Griesbeck, Petr Ježek, Sophia in 't Veld, Cecilia Wikström

ECR

Daniel Dalton, Jussi Halla-aho, Timothy Kirkhope, Monica Macovei, Branislav Škripek, Helga Stevens

EFDD

Ignazio Corrao, Laura Ferrara, Kristina Winberg

GUE

Marina Albiol Guzmán, Cornelia Ernst, Dennis de Jong, Barbara Spinelli

NI

Udo Voigt

PPE

Michał Boni, Carlos Coelho, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Rachida Dati, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Frank Engel, Kinga Gál, Monika Hohlmeier, Brice Hortefeux, Barbara Kudrycka, Roberta Metsola, József Nagy, Emil Radev, Petri Sarvamaa, Traian Ungureanu, Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi, Tomáš Zdechovský

S&D

Caterina Chinnici, Tanja Fajon, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Sylvie Guillaume, Anna Hedh, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Kashetu Kyenge, Marju Lauristin, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Claude Moraes, Péter Niedermüller, Soraya Post, Christine Revault D'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Birgit Sippel, Josef Weidenholzer

VERT/ALE

Jan Philipp Albrecht, Eva Joly, Judith Sargentini, Bodil Valero

1

-

ENF

Lorenzo Fontana

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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