Commission recommends negotiations for an agreement with the United States of America on certain conditions for access to the US Visa Waiver Program

As stated today by the EU Press Room, “Today the Commission recommended to the Council to open negotiations on an agreement between the European Community and the United States of America regarding certain conditions for access to the United States’ Visa Waiver Program (VWP).When adopting the Commission’s proposal Vice-President Franco Frattini, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, said: ‘It is our objective to ensure that all EU citizens can travel visa-free to the U.S. We should make sure that Europe shows political and legal solidarity. The recommendation provides for this. It caters for proper EC negotiations with the U.S. on matters arising from our common visa policy.’ He added ‘I trust this recommendation becomes a further stepping stone in the joint EU-US efforts to find the smartest ways to promote international travel, mobility and exchanges whilst simultaneously providing security for their citizens.’.”This Press Release is available in full text.

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