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EU signs visa waiver agreement with Peru

EU signs visa waiver agreement with Peru

Today the EU will sign a reciprocal short-stay visa waiver agreement with Peru. The agreement will apply from 15 March 2016, allowing visa-free travel for Peruvian nationals to the EU for short stays of up to 90 days as well as for EU citizens travelling to Peru. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, representing the Council Presidency, will sign the agreement from the EU side, together with the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ana María Sánchez Vargas de Ríos.

Visa waiver agreement

Agreements between the EU and a non-EU country that provide for visa-free travel for their citizens when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

Organised crime

Activities of large-scale criminal and terrorist networks, including terrorism, international drugs trafficking, trafficking in human beings, counterfeiting of the euro currency and payment cards, fraud, corruption, money laundering and other activities related to the presence of organised crime groups in the economy, as well as cybercrime, VAT fraud and other sophisticated crimes that abuse modern technology.

Migration

The movement of a person or a group of persons, either across an international border (international migration), or within a State (internal migration). It is a population movement, encompassing any kind of movement of people, whatever its length, composition and causes; it includes migration of refugees, displaced persons, economic migrants and persons moving for other purposes, including family reunification.

In the EU context, a broader-term of an immigration and emigration, i.e. the action by which a person either:

Corruption

The abuse of power for private gain (in both the public and the private sector).

Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean

The EU and the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean States (CELAC) are natural allies, linked by strong historical, cultural and economic ties which led to the establishment in 1999, at the first ever bi-regional Summit in Rio de Janeiro, of a strategic partnership.

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