EU Visa Report

Published: Wednesday, 01/18/2006 12:00 am EST

A report on visa reciprocity released by European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini on Jan. 13 says regarding a year-long visa dispute with Canada, "the opening of a dialogue is encouraging, but there is no tangible progress for the moment towards visa exemption." Canada is accused of discriminating against the seven of the newest EU states, including the Czech Republic and Hungary, by requiring citizens from those countries to obtain expensive visas to travel to Canada, while allowing travelers from the 'older' countries, like France and Germany, to visit visa-free. The Commission wants dialogue with Canada, as well as the U.S. and Australia on similar matters, to continue, concluding that "there is no need, at this stage, to propose any temporary measures (such as the introduction of the visa obligation for the nationals of the third countries concerned)."

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