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Parliamentary questions
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20 May 2015
Joint answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission
Written questions :E-003060/15 , E-003061/15
Question references: E-003060/2015, E-003061/2015

In the context of the visa reciprocity mechanism regular tripartite meetings between the third countries, the Member States concerned and the Commission take place in order to assess progress and to define the next steps for the achievement of the shared objective of full visa waiver reciprocity as soon as possible. Most recently tripartite meetings with the United States of America and Canada took place respectively on 13 and 14 January 2015. They enabled exchanges of information between the Member States and the third countries concerned, against the background of the ‘Report from the Commission assessing the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy’(1).

The information resulting from these tripartite meetings will inform the decision of the Commission to be taken in the next few days, whether to adopt a temporary measure suspending the visa waiver for certain categories of nationals of the third countries concerned or another report assessing the situation.

(1)C(2014)7218 final, 10.10.2014.

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