Immigration: Brussels wants visa's negotiations with Morocco

to facilitate temporary stays for studentes, businessmen

04 October, 18:27

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 04 - The EU Commission proposed to the Council to open negotiations between the EU and Morocco on an agreement to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas.

    "This is a very concrete and important step in the cooperation between the EU and Morocco" said Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. "Easier access to visas will reinforce the social and economic development and mutual understanding between our countries and people" she added.

    According to Malmstrom "recent decisions to establish a new migration and asylum policy in Morocco are yet another positive signal for our cooperation", and the EU is "ready" to support the effective implementation of the recommendations by the National Human Rights Council in Morocco, to transform Morocco's policies and practices on migration and asylum "to be fairer and in full respect of human rights". The EU-Morocco Mobility Partnership, was signed in June this year and its implementation is currently on-going. It is in this context that the EU Commission now proposes to open negotiations for facilitating the issuing of short-stay visas to Moroccan citizens.

    Some of the proposed facilitations are general for all applicants and other will benefit certain groups of people, particularly students, researchers and business professionals.

    The EU Council must now discuss the Commission proposal. Once the mandate is adopted by the Council, the Commission will be able to start negotiations with the Moroccan authorities. (ANSAmed)
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