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Council adopts visa measures against Gambia

No migration policy can work without the effective return of those who do not have the right to stay

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 7, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Council decided today to temporarily suspend the application of certain provisions of the visa code to Gambian nationals. This decision was taken due to the country’s lack of cooperation in the readmission of third-country nationals illegally staying in the EU.

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“No migration policy can work without the effective return of those who do not have the right to stay. All countries have an obligation under international law to readmit their own nationals and we are waiting for this obligation to be fulfilled. Today’s decision, the first to apply the new mechanism, is a clear sign of our firm commitment to use all relevant tools to improve cooperation on readmission. »- Aleš Hojs, Minister of the Interior of Slovenia

The following provisions have been temporarily suspended for Gambian nationals:

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– possibility to waive the requirements regarding the documents to be presented by visa applicants

– limitation of the processing time to 15 calendar days and, consequently, limitation of the extension of this time to 45 days

– issuance of multiple entry visas

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– optional exemption from visa fees for holders of diplomatic and service passports

Background

The European Council and the Council have repeatedly stressed the need to make real progress on return and readmission. They called for considering the use of all necessary levers, including visa policy.

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In 2019, the EU updated the visa code and introduced a mechanism to use visa processing as a lever in cooperation with third countries on readmission. Within the framework of this mechanism, the Commission regularly assesses the cooperation of third countries in the field of readmission. When a country does not cooperate, the Commission proposes to the Council to adopt an implementing decision applying specific restrictive visa measures.

The Commission’s first assessment under the new mechanism was adopted on 10 February 2021. On the basis of this assessment and further engagement with third countries, the Commission proposed in July 2021 to adopt measures temporary visas applicable to The Gambia, Bangladesh and Iraq. The measures proposed for Bangladesh and Iraq are currently under discussion in the Council.

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