Moldova

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd April 2014.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states about the introduction of a visa waiver programme between the European Union and Moldova.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK has had no direct discussions with European partners about a change in UK visa requirements for Moldovan citizens. The UK has maintained a watching brief on negotiations between the Republic of Moldova and the European Commission and EU Schengen Member States on visa free travel to the Schengen area for Moldovan citizens holding a biometric passport. A formal proposal was made in November 2013 by the European Commission following the successful implementation by the Republic of Moldova of all its benchmarks set out in its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan. In February the European Parliament approved the Commission proposal. It is for Schengen countries to decide on any changes to their visa rules. The UK is not a participant, so does not take part in the decision-making process. The UK is not expected to adopt or implement any changes as a result of the EU agreement. The UK will continue to require that Moldovan nationals obtain a visa before travelling to the UK.

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