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Malmström concerned about new fee for travels to the US

6 August 2010

"I understand that today's decision is taken in accordance with the Travel Promotion Act's obligations. Nevertheless, I regret very much the fee established by the interim rule. I have repeatedly raised concerns about the introduction of this fee and I remain convinced that these new requirements applicable only to travelers under the Visa Waiver Program, are inconsistent with the commitment of the U.S. to facilitate transatlantic mobility and will be an additional onus for European citizens travelling to the U.S.", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Mrs Malmström made the statement following an announcement from the U.S. Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection who today published the interim rule on an administrative fee of 14 US dollars for travelers to the United States. The new fee will become effective on 8 September 2010.

Read Cecilia Malmström's statement in full.