BRUSSELS, Feb 27 (KUNA) The European Parliament Thursday gave the green
light to granting citizens from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the right to
travel freely in the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for up to 90
The agreement also includes citizens from 16 African, Caribbean and Pacific
(ACP) countries, Colombia and Peru.
It was adopted by 523 votes in favour and 41 against.
"We take a step forward towards enhanced cooperation with these countries,
and on the other, we send a positive message to citizens by clarifying the
criteria for including third countries in the positive list", said rapporteur
Mariya Gabriel who led the negotiations for the EP.
The visa waivers shall apply from the date of entry into force of an
agreement on visa exemption to be concluded with the EU.
Nationals of 16 ACP countries which will be able to travel visa-free to the
EU are: Dominica, Grenada, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru,
Palau, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands,
Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The agreement includes a new article defining clearer criteria for
including third countries in the visa-waiver list.
The visa waivers for nationals of the 16 ACP countries, UAE, Colombia and
Peru "shall apply from the date of entry into force of an agreement on visa
exemption to be concluded with the European Union", says the text.
The agreement still needs to be formally adopted by the EU Council of
Ministers and published in the EU Official Journal before it comes into force.
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