Minsk Hub has launched a campaign promoting the facilitation of Schengen visa procedures

birdSign the petition calling the EU institutions to endorse the Commission’s legislative proposal on easier Schengen visa rules.

It is no news that the current Schengen visa procedure is too costly and complicated. Often, even those who meet all official requirements are still refused a visa. As a result of the lengthy application procedure, the need for too many supporting documents, the insufficient use of modern technologies, and the lack of mandatory procedural facilitations for frequent/bona-fide applicants, many travelers opt to travel to places outside of the EU.

Global Shapers Minks Hub member Andrei Yeliseyeu and two his colleagues from the EU have started the initiative Free to Move which promotes facilitation of Schengen visa procedures. Recently, Free to Move uploaded the e-petition which calls upon the European Parliament and EU countries’ Permanent Representatives to the EU with the request to endorse the Commission’s legislative proposal.

We kindly ask you to sign this petition and spread the news about it among your friends and partner organizations in your country.

We also invite you to watch the Free to Move’s video featuring respected journalist, a three-time karate world champion, and a civic activist from Ukraine – all were refused Schengen visas for no good reason.

 

The European Commission’s proposal to facilitate Schengen visa procedures includes a number of suggestions which would make it easier to obtain a visa:

  • The mandatory issuing of multiple entry visas which are valid for three years for regular travelers.
  • Reduced deadlines for processing and deciding on visa applications.
  • The possibility to lodge online applications.

The legislation would not only make the life of non-EU travelers easier: It will also benefit the EU and its citizens. As research shows, a higher number of trips to the Schengen area would mean an increase of as much as €130 billion in total direct spending over five years (on accommodation, food and drink, transport, entertainment, shopping, etc.), and could translate into some 1.3 million jobs in tourism and related sectors.