Cape Verde visa facilitation with Europe

The ministers of the interior of the European Union member countries are expected to send a mandate this week to the European Commission to begin negotiations with Cape Verde aimed at reaching a visa facilitation accord for the 27 EU member states.

The ministers of internal administration of the 27 EU member countries will meet Thursday, June 4, in Luxembourg, and are expected to state their position regarding the request from the EU executive for the initiation of negotiations with Cape Verdean authorities on visa facilitation – one of the possibilities contemplated in the special partnership accord between Cape Verde and the EU signed in December 2007.

In November of last year, the European Commission recommended the opening of negotiations for the establishment of accords aimed at facilitating visas to the governments of the 27 European Union member countries. At the time, the European commissioner for justice, freedom and security, Jacques Barrot, stated his belief that “easier access to visas will certainly improve cooperation and exchanges between the EU and Cape Verde.”

For one, he said, “the facilitation of visas will simplify traveling conditions to and within the EU for Cape Verdean citizens,” while the readmission accord would “ensure that those who are now in the EU illegally will return to their countries of origin.”

During a round-table meeting on the Partnership for Mobility in Praia recently, Cape Verdean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities José Brito said that the objective of the accord is to facilitate visas for stays of no more than 90 days for every 180-day period. The time taken to decide on visa approval is also expected to be reduced, and visa fees may be entirely waived for several categories of travelers, such as those visiting close family members, students and members of cultural or sporting delegations.

Source: A Semana

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