DIPLOMACY

Canada to unveil this autumn timeline for lifting visa requirements for Romanians, Bulgarians

Canada is expected early this autumn to unveil a timeline for lifting the visa requirements for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, the European Commission reported in a press statement on Monday after a meeting on this issue attended by all the parties involved.

Joining the meeting of European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Canadian Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum were Head of Prime Minister’s Chancellery of Romania Dragos Tudorache, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Rumen Alexandrov, and Deputy Minister of the Interior of Bulgaria Philip Gounev.

The attendees reviewed the progress made to date on Canada’s ongoing assessment of Romania and Bulgaria against its criteria for a visa exemption. .

The statement says the attendees discussed a visit that Canadian technical experts undertook to Romania last month, as well as the similar visit to Bulgaria, which is planned for the end of July.

McCallum thanked the governments of Romania and Bulgaria for their continued collaboration in supporting the assessment process, which is expected to be completed this summer, while Commissioner Avramopoulos reiterated that the objective of the European Union is full visa reciprocity for all its member states

‘ We acknowledged the need to take tangible steps in order to improve the current situation, in which Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are required to obtain visas to travel to Canada,’ reads the statement.

To continue in this spirit of constructive engagement, Minister McCallum undertook to inform European partners in early autumn on the outcomes of the assessments and timelines for visa liftings, including the necessary elements of cooperation by Romania and Bulgaria.

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