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Commission starts negotiations of Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements with Belarus

30/01/2014

Today, Commission DG for Home Affairs, Stefano Manservisi and Belarus Deputy Foreign Minister Alena Kupchyna met in Brussels to launch the negotiations on Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements between the EU and Belarus. Since 2011 the Commission has been regularly reminding of its readiness to launch the negotiations.

The negotiations will focus on agreements to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas as well as the readmission of irregular migrants between the European Union and Belarus.

Once negotiated in parallel, the agreements on visa facilitation and readmission can only enter into force simultaneously.

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