Commission reports on the implementation by Russia of the Common Steps towards visa-free regime with the EU
Today the Commission adopted its first progress report on Common Steps under the EU-Russia Visa Dialogue making a full assessment of the four key fields essential for moving towards visa free regime with the EU (1. Document security; 2. Migration issues; 3. Public security including anti-corruption; 4. Human rights related to the freedom of movement).
The report uses information gathered during the past two years since the Common Steps document was agreed by the EU-Russia Summit in December 2011 and is based on exchanges of written information and field expert missions.
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.
Agreements between the EU and a non-EU country that facilitate the issuance by an EU State of authorisations to the citizens of that non-EU country for transiting through or an intended stay in the territory of EU States of a duration of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of first entry into the territory of the EU States.
International agreement that addresses procedures, on a reciprocal basis, for one State to return non-nationals in an irregular situation to their home State or a State through which they have transited.
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.