Russia and EU start amending the Visa Facilitation Agreement

Submitted on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 22:00

On 27 April 2011 the first round of negotiations on modernization of the Russia-EU Visa Facilitation Agreement, signed on 25 May 2006, took place in Moscow.

The Russian delegation was headed by Mr. Alexey Klimov, Deputy Director of the Consular Department of the MFA of Russia. The EU delegation was led by Mr. Jan De Ceuster, Head of Unit of the Directorate-General for Home Affairs of the European Commission.

Possible amendments were discussed to a number of articles of the Agreement, including those aimed at expanding categories of persons enjoying visa facilitation, extending terms of validity of multiple-entry visas and setting up new arrangements for visa fees.

Amendments to the Agreement should promote further facilitation of the visa regime between Russia and EU and become a milestone towards total abolition of visas for Russian and EU citizens.