2017/0176(NLE)

EU/Saint Kitts and Nevis Agreement: short-stay visa waiver

Awaiting committee decision

2017/0176(NLE) EU/Saint Kitts and Nevis Agreement: short-stay visa waiver
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE PAVEL Emilian (S&D) UNGUREANU Traian (EPP), STEVENS Helga (ECR), HYUSMENOVA Filiz (ALDE), VERGIAT Marie-Christine (GUE/NGL), VALERO Bodil (Verts/ALE)
Lead committee dossier: LIBE/8/10551
Legal Basis TFEU TFEU 077-p2, TFEU TFEU 218-p6
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  • 2018/05/28 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • #3571
  • 2017/11/06 Council Meeting
  • 2017/10/24 Legislative proposal published
    • 12393/2017 summary
    • DG {u'url': u'http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/migration-and-home-affairs_en', u'title': u'Migration and Home Affairs'}, AVRAMOPOULOS Dimitris
  • 2017/07/27 Initial legislative proposal published
    • COM(2017)0398 summary
    • DG {u'url': u'http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/migration-and-home-affairs_en', u'title': u'Migration and Home Affairs'}, AVRAMOPOULOS Dimitris

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PURPOSE: to conclude an agreement amending the agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: by Decision of 30 November 2009, the Council concluded the agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 amended the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement (CISA), Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 (Schengen Borders Code) and Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 (the Visa Code). In so doing, it has redefined the term of ‘short-stay’ for third-country nationals in the Schengen area.

As from 18 October 2013, for third-country nationals – irrespective of being visa required or exempt – who intend to travel to the Schengen area for a short-stay, the maximum duration of authorised stay is defined as '90 days in any 180-day period'.

The agreement between the Union and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver should incorporate this new definition.

With a view to implementing the new definition of short stay provided for in the amendment to the Schengen Borders Code, the Commission adopted on 16 July 2014 a recommendation for a Council Decision authorising negotiations to amend the Schengen the short-stay visa waiver between the European Union and seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Mauritius, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the Seychelles.

The negotiations with St Kitts and Nevis were successfully finalised by the initialling of the amending agreement on 28 July 2016.

CONTENT: this proposal is presented to the Council to authorise the conclusion of the Agreement amending the Agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

The amendments introduced by the final agreement cover the following points:

Duration of stay: the final agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the European Union and for the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis when travelling to the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period (instead of a maximum period of three months during a six months period following the date of first entry).

A joint statement on the interpretation of the 90-day period over any 180-day period is attached to the amending agreement.

Suspension of the agreement: the agreement provides that suspension of the waiver shall be lifted if the suspension is no longer required.

All other provisions of the existing agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver remain unaffected by the amending agreement, including the territorial scope.

The provisions of the agreement shall not apply to the United Kingdom or to Ireland.

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PURPOSE: to conclude an agreement amending the agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: by Decision of 30 November 2009, the Council concluded the agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 amended the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement (CISA), Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 (Schengen Borders Code) and Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 (the Visa Code). In so doing, it has redefined the term of ‘short-stay’ for third-country nationals in the Schengen area.

As from 18 October 2013, for third-country nationals – irrespective of being visa required or exempt – who intend to travel to the Schengen area for a short-stay, the maximum duration of authorised stay is defined as '90 days in any 180-day period'.

The agreement between the Union and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver should incorporate this new definition.

With a view to implementing the new definition of short stay provided for in the amendment to the Schengen Borders Code, the Commission adopted on 16 July 2014 a recommendation for a Council Decision authorising negotiations to amend the Schengen the short-stay visa waiver between the European Union and seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Mauritius, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the Seychelles.

The negotiations with St Kitts and Nevis were successfully finalised by the initialling of the amending agreement on 28 July 2016.

CONTENT: this proposal is presented to the Council to authorise the conclusion of the Agreement amending the Agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

The amendments introduced by the final agreement cover the following points:

Duration of stay: the final agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the European Union and for the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis when travelling to the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period (instead of a maximum period of three months during a six months period following the date of first entry).

A joint statement on the interpretation of the 90-day period over any 180-day period is attached to the amending agreement.

Suspension of the agreement: the agreement provides that suspension of the waiver shall be lifted if the suspension is no longer required.

All other provisions of the existing agreement between the European Community and St Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver remain unaffected by the amending agreement, including the territorial scope.

The provisions of the agreement shall not apply to the United Kingdom or to Ireland.

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    • PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the Union, the Agreement between the European Union and Saint Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

      PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

      ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

      BACKGROUND: by its Decision 2009/901/EC, the Council concluded the Agreement between the European Community and Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

      The Agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the Union and for the citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

      Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council introduced horizontal changes in the Union’s visa and border acquis and defined a short stay as a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

      It is necessary to incorporate this new definition into the Agreement in order to fully harmonise the Union’s short-stay regime.

      The Commission negotiated, on behalf of the Union, an agreement with Saint Kitts and Nevis which amends the Agreement between the European Community and Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver (the ‘amending Agreement’).

      In accordance with a Council Decision, the amending Agreement has been signed.

      CONTENT: the draft Council Decision now seeks the approval, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and Saint Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver.

      The provisions of the Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom or to Ireland.

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