S&D Euro MP Tanja Fajon gives green light to visa-free movement between Moldova and EU Schengen countries

Visa, Immigration, Asylum

An overwhelming majority of Euro MPs in the European Parliament's committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs today in Brussels backed a proposal by S&D MEP Tanja Fajon to grant Moldovan citizens visa-free access to the 26 EU Schengen countries.

Moldova is expected to be the first EU Eastern neighbouring country to achieve this important recognition.

The decision is meant to further boost the relationship between the EU and Moldova (not yet an EU candidate country) and will reduce the time and cost involved for their citizens travelling across the border into EU countries. However, the new regime does not give the right to seek citizenship, work or asylum and can always be suspended in case of abuse.

Following the vote, the Parliament's rapporteur on visa liberalisation Tanja Fajon said:

"Hopefully before summer 2014, Moldovan citizens holding biometric passports will be able to travel to the Schengen area for 90 days within a 180-day period.

"Moldova has successfully done its homework, by meeting all the criteria of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan and proving once again that good relations with the EU are a priority for the country.

"This is a historic moment for the Republic of Moldova and its future within the EU.

"The abolishment of visas will bring considerable, very tangible benefits for Moldovan citizens and facilitate one-to-one contact – an essential condition for the steady development of economic, cultural, scientific and other ties as well as enhancing cross-border co-operation.

"The process of deepening relations between the EU and Moldova will also undoubtedly contribute to improving the exercise of justice and respect of fundamental freedoms in the country."

With regard to the relationship with Romania, Tanja Fajon added:

"The future of Moldova in the EU does not in any way threaten its sovereignty, despite the recent statements made by the Romanian president on reunification with Romania.

"Such reckless declarations do not contribute to the positive attitude of the citizens of Moldova ahead of lifting visa obligations and could, in the long term, have severe consequences for the relations between the two countries."

 

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Raportorul S&D Tanja Fajon da unda verde circulatiei fara viza pentru Moldova
 
O majoritate covarsitoare de eurodeputati din Comisia pentru libertati civile, justitite si afaceri interne din Parlamentul European au sustinut azi in Bruxelles o propunere a europarlamentarei socialiste Tanja Fajon de a acorda cetatenilor moldoveni acces fara viza catre cele 26 state membre ale Spatiului Schengen.
 
Moldova ar reprezenta prima tara din vecinatatea estica a Uniunii Europene care sa obtina aceasta importanta recunoastere.
 
In urma votului, Raportorul Parlamentului European pentru liberalizarea vizelor, Tanja Fajon, a spus:
 
"Speram ca pana la vara cetatenii Moldovei care detin pasaport biometric sa aiba posibilitatea sa calatoreasca in spatiul Schengen timp de 90 de zile, intr-o perioada de 180 de zile."
 
"Moldova si-a facut temele cu succes, indeplinind toate criteriile Planului de actiuni pentru liberalizarea regimului de vize si demonstrand inca o data ca relatiile cu Uniunea Europeana reprezinta o prioritate pentru tara."
 
"Acesta este un moment istoric pentru Republica Moldova si pentru viitorul sau in Uniunea Europeana."
 
"Ridicarea vizelor va aduce beneficii considerabile si tangibile pentru cetatenii moldoveni si va facilita contactele dintre persoane - o conditie esentiala pentru dezvoltarea durabila a legaturilor economice, culturale, stiintifice sau de alt fel, avand in vedere intensificarea cooperarii trans-frontaliere."
 
"Procesul de aprofundare a relatiilor dintre UE si Moldova va contribui indubitabil si la imbunatatirea exercitiului de justitie si respectare a libertatilor fundamentale."
 
In legatura cu relatia cu Romania, Fajon a adaugat:
 
"Viitorul Moldovei in UE nu ameninta in niciun fel suveranitatea acesteia din urma, in pofida declaratiilor recente facute de Presedintele Romaniei in legatura cu reunificarea cu Romania."
 
"Asemnea declaratii neinspirate nu contribuie la atitudinea pozitiva a cetatenilor din Moldova in perioada ce preceda ridicarea vizelor si ar putea, pe termen lung, sa aiba consecinte serioase pentru relatiile dintre cele doua state."
 
"Decizia este menita sa stimuleze mai departe relatiile dintre Uniunea Europeana si Moldova, care inca nu este un stat candidat pentru UE, scazand costurile si timpul de asteptare pentru cetatenii sai care doresc sa calatoreasca dincolo de granita. Cu toate acestea, noul regim nu da dreptul de a cere cetatenie, locuri de munca sau azil si poate in orice moment sa fie suspendat in caz de abuz."