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Inclusion of Greece in the US Visa Waiver Programme: statement of Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs

10 March 2010

Following the announcement by the US authorities to include Greece in the US Visa Waiver Programme, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, said: "I warmly welcome the US decision to lift the Visa requirement for Greece. This decision goes in the direction indicated by the European Commission in its latest Visa reciprocity report by adding one more European Union's Member State to the US Visa Waiver programme (VWP). Greece's VWP designation is a step forward in the dialogue between the EU and the US to guarantee full visa reciprocity to citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. I urge the US authorities to include as soon as possibile in the VWP also Cyprus, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania whose citizens still don't enjoy the possibility to travel to the US without a Visa obligation".