In response to the ongoing mixed attack initiated by the Belarusian regime, the Council of the European Union announced that the application of the visa facilitation agreement between the European Union and Belarus will be partially suspended.
According to a press release issued by the council today, November 9, the suspension of the agreement includes provisions that waive documentary evidence requirements, reduce visa application fees that currently apply to Belarus system administrators, and regulate multiple issuance standards. Entry visas.
As warned by TheSchengen.com, the measure will only affect members of official delegations and national and regional governments, among others.
This means that other Belarus nationals will continue to enjoy the same benefits they now enjoy under the Visa Facilitation Agreement.
We strongly condemn and reject the continued exploitation of immigration by the Belarus regime. It is unacceptable for Belarus to play with people’s lives for political purposes. Today’s decision once again demonstrates our shared commitment to continue confronting this ongoing mixed attack, said Slovenia’s Minister of the Interior and Chairman of the Internal Affairs Council, Alec Höjs.
The decision will now be published in the Official Gazette and will officially go into effect on the second day after its publication, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Visa Facilitation Agreement between the European Union and Belarus entered into force in July 2020. The purpose of the agreement was to facilitate the issuance of short-term visas as well as to help strengthen communications between individuals and democratic principles.
However, since Belarus began regulating flights and fomenting unrest within the EU by forcing migrants to forcefully cross the Polish border, the EU has decided to withhold benefits for the country’s officials because their actions are against EU interests and violate fundamental principles in which they have been Reach a visa facilitation agreement.
Moreover, the Belarus authorities were also found responsible for the ongoing migrant crisis on the Lithuania-Belarus border.
After reports of thousands of migrants stranded at the Polish-Belarus border, the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called on the EU authorities to agree to the extension of sanctions against Belarus and airlines of other countries.
In a statement posted on the president’s official Twitter account, she called on Belarus to stop endangering people’s lives.
“The Belarusian authorities must understand that putting pressure on the European Union in this way by using migrants as a cynical tool will not help them achieve their goals,” von der Leyen added.
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