The general direction of the proposed changes is positive. If adopted, both proposed regulations will contribute to a greater freedom of movement by bringing much needed changes facilitating bona fide visits to the European Union.
It is particularly welcome that the package of documents accompanying the proposed regulations brings a more balanced approach to the justification and functions of visa rules. The previously prevailing one-sided security perspective has been changed by taking the economic aspects of visas into account.
In this respect, the European Commission is correct to highlight the economic cost of restrictive visa rules suffered by the economies of EU Member States in lost GDP and jobs.
The document was developed by Dr Marek Porzycki.
The whole document in pdf can be viewed here: Visa_Code_Reform_Review