|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 326, Pages 1-5|
|Content Type||Legislation, News, Policy-making|
Decision (EU) 2022/2512 - formally adopted by the co-legislators on 14 December 2022 - concerning the non-recognition of Russian travel documents issued in occupied foreign regions.
This Decision establishes that travel documents of Russia issued in or to persons resident in regions or territories in Ukraine which are occupied by Russia or breakaway territories in Georgia which are not under the control of the Georgian government shall not be accepted as valid travel documents for the purposes of the issuing of a visa or the crossing of the external borders.
The draft Decision was adopted by the European Commission on 6 September 2022 alongside a draft Council Decision suspending the EU-Russia Visa Facilitation Agreement. The Commission had already issued guidelines to national consulates in Ukraine and Russia on lodging Schengen visa applications by the residents of Crimea following its illegal annexation by Russia in 2014. Further guidelines were developed in 2016 as a common approach to the issue of non-recognition of certain categories of ordinary Russian international passports issued by the Russian administrative authorities established by Russia in Crimea and Sevastopol. In 2019, guidance was prepared on how to handle visa applications lodged by residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions holding ordinary Russian international passports. Russia decided to extend the practice of handing out ordinary Russian international passports to other non-government-controlled areas of Ukraine. In May 2022, Russia introduced a simplified naturalisation procedure for orphan children from Donetsk, Luhansk and elsewhere in Ukraine.
Member State representatives adopted a general approach for this file on behalf of the Council of the European Union on 12 October. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted a negotiating position on 20 October. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached on 10 November 2022. This was formally endorsed by the Parliament on 24 November and by the Council on 8 December. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 14 December 2022 and published in the Official Journal on 21 December 2022.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Border Control | Management, Visas|
|Countries / Regions||Georgia, Russia, Ukraine|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|