Extracts from the EC midday press briefing by Michele Cercone, spokesperson of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, on the Libya suspension of visa delivering to EU citizens from Schengen countries
At the EC press briefing on 16/02/2010, Michele Cercone, spokesperson of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, said that the European Commission was now considering an appropriate reaction to Libya's decision, to stop issuing visas to citizens from the European countries belonging to the Schengen border-free zone.
Libya's move came after Switzerland allegedly blacklisted 188 high-ranking Libyans, denying them entry permits.
The Swiss ban was said to include Muammar al-Gaddafi, Guide of the Great Revolution of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, and his family.
Switzerland is in the 25-nation Schengen zone - European countries that have abolished mutual border controls. SHOTLIST