16 February 2010
Following today's suspension of visa delivery by the Libyan authorities and the entry denial for EU citizens from Schengen countries, European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in charge for Home Affairs, stated:
"The European Commission deplores the unilateral and disproportionate decision by Libyan authorities to suspend the delivery of visas to EU Schengen countries' citizens. The Commission also regrets that travellers who legally obtained visas before the suspension measure were refused entry when arriving in Libya. The issue will be discussed before the end of the week by the European Commission, the EU Member States and the Schengen associated countries in the framework of the Visa group, which will consider the appropriate reaction".