The Visa-free Europe Coalition was launched at meeting in Warsaw on November 26, 2010 on the initiative of the Stefan Batory Foundation. Today more than 45 non-governmental organizations from different parts of Europe are its members.
The coalition takes joint actions to speed up the process of EU visa liberalization with the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) and Russia. We want to make ourselves better heard by decision-makers and make a stronger stand for visa-free Europe.
The Coalition is the outcome of many years of collaboration between the member organizations. Jointly we have prepared reports and policy papers, recommendations and advocacy tools. Since January 1, 2016, the activities of the Coalition are coordinated by the Civic Initiative “Europe Without Barriers” based in Kyiv, Ukraine. In the period of 2010-2015, the coordinator was the “Friendly EU Border” project within the Open Europe Programme of the Stefan Batory Foundation.
The members of the Coalition’s Steering Committiee are Krzysztof Mrozek from the Stefan Batory Fundation, Olga Stuzhinskaya from Office for a Democratic Belarus and Oleksandr Sushko from Europe without Barriers.
Until July 2, 2012 the official name of the Coalition was: Coalition for the European Continent Undivided by Visa Barriers.
Europe without Barriers (EWB) is an independent civil society organization based in Ukraine, established to promote independent expertise and advocacy efforts aimed at abolition of visa regimes and other administrative barriers to improve people-to-people contacts in Europe. In 2008 a group of Ukrainian NGOs from different regions and cities founded EWB with the purpose to provide independent policy expertise and public advocacy in favour of visa liberalization. Initially in 2008 EWB was established as a consortium of NGOs, later in 2009 EWB was upgraded and transformed into full-fledged independent NGO.