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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

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Text tabled : A7-0010/2011

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) According to the Treaty of Lisbon, the common visa policy in relation to third countries is the exclusive competence of the EU. Only the EU, and not Member States on an individual basis, can negotiate and sign a visa waiver agreement with Brazil. This was not the case until the Treaty of Lisbon came into force. This report analyses the EU-Brazil visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic, service and official passports. Formal signature of the agreement, on behalf of the Union and of Brazil, took place in Brussels on 8 November 2010. This visa waiver agreement does not replace the other bilateral agreements signed with different Member States, but supplements them. However, the agreement concluded by the Union will take precedence over the bilateral agreements in the areas covered by these, namely, travel for tourism and business purposes. I welcome the clauses on reciprocity between Brazilian nationals and EU citizens, and the guarantee of equality of treatment for all EU citizens. Provision has been made for Brazil and the EU only to be able to suspend or repudiate the agreement with regard to all Member States. It was for these reasons that I voted in favour.

 
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