Free movement: MEPs to discuss visa bribery allegations and next steps  

On Tuesday afternoon, MEPs will ask the Commission about allegations that member states are issuing visas in return for bribes in the Schengen area.

In a debate with the European Commission, MEPs will discuss recent allegations that Polish overseas consulates are accepting bribes in return for issuing Schengen visas, and their impact on the EU’s common visa policy and the Schengen free-travel area. After several media reported allegations of corruption in the visa system, the European Commission asked the Polish Government, which is looking into the matter, for more details on the investigation.

On 27 September, Germany announced spot-checks on its borders with Poland and Czechia, citing the fight against people traffickers as the main reason. A total of seven member states currently have temporary border controls in place between countries in the Schengen area.

President Metsola will also announce on 2 October the start of negotiations with the Council on the reform of the Schengen Borders Code, which seeks to cut down the number of border controls within EU internal borders. Then, MEPs have 48 hours to object to the mandate for negotiations; if one-tenth of them do so, there will be a vote on the matter during the same plenary session.

Procedure: Commission statement

Debate: Tuesday 3 October