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".
Fifth report from the Commission to the Council and the European Paliament on certain third countries' maintenance of visa requirements in breach of the principle of reciprocity in accordance with Article 1(5) of Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement, as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 851/2005 as regards the reciprocity mechanism [53 KB]