|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 188|
Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 reforming certain aspects of the Visa Code, which regulates procedures and conditions for issuing short-stay visas for entry into and transit through the Schengen area.
The EU common visa code (the Visa Code) was adopted in 2009 by means of Regulation 810/2009. It establishes the procedures and conditions for issuing short-stay visas for entry into and transit through the Schengen area, valid for up to three months.
This revision of the Visa Code, in particular, aims at overcoming divisions triggered by the visa package submitted by the Commission in 2014. The updates address the visa procedures to better respond to the changed migratory and security situation, featuring a joined up approach between visa policy and readmission cooperation. It also focuses on a number of deficiencies in the existing rules to make it easier for legitimate travellers to obtain a visa to travel to the European Union.
The new Regulation also carries over some aspects of the withdrawn proposal on recasting the Visa Code. These include provisions giving more flexibility for applicants to apply for a visa and better organisation of the work of consulates.
The proposal was adopted by the European Commission on 14 March 2018 together with a Communication addressing the way forward for the common visa policy and future initiatives. Following the adoption of negotiating positions by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament in June and December 2018 respectively, an informal agreement between the institutions was reached on 29 January 2019. The Parliament formally adopted the proposed Regulation on 17 April, followed by the Council on 6 June.
These revised rules became effective on 2 February 2020.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Border Control | Management, Visas|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|