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Communication from the commission to The European Parliament and The Council Eastern Partnership,
3 December 2009
“The  mobility side of the pacts would reflect  the recent Commission Communication on Strengthening the Global Approach to Migration and the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum, endorsed by the European Council in  October 2008. The main tool would be the Mobility Partnership, as identified in the framework of the Global Approach to Migration and currently tested with  a number of countries, including  the Republic of Moldova (hereafter referred to as “Moldova”). Developments in the area of visa policy will be an integral part of this wider concept. Visa policy would follow a phased approach, leading to visa liberalisation under specific conditions and with accompanying measures, including financial assistance for our partners. “

THE STOCKHOLM PROGRAMME — AN OPEN AND SECURE EUROPE SERVING AND PROTECTING CITIZENS,
4 May 2010
One of the goals of the programme is providing the access to Europe in a globalised world while guaranteeing security of EU citizens. It can be partly achieved also by signing Association Agreements with Eastern Partnership countries, supporting the mobility of citizens and, “as a long-term perspective, visa liberalisation in a secure environment.”

Conclusions on Eastern Partnership 3041st FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting Luxembourg,
25 October 2010
The Council declares its willingness to work towards a possible future visa free travel regime while “ensuring regional coherence in the approach adopted towards visa liberalisation with the Eastern Partnership countries and also Russia. (…) In accordance with the Stockholm Programme and the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit, the Council has invited the Commission to develop before the end of 2010 a plan on how to take cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries forward in the area of Justice, Freedom and Security. This plan should also list the gradual steps towards visa liberalisation as a long-term goal for individual Eastern partner countries on a case-by-case basis, as well as describe the conditions for well-managed and secure mobility.”

Implementation of the Eastern Partnership: Report to the meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers,
13 December 2010
“The EU has been responding to the strong request of partners for enhanced mobility through visa facilitation and readmission agreements and through “gradual steps toward full visa liberalization as a long-term goal  for individual partner countries on a case-by-case basis provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place”, as outlined in the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit of May 2009. There has been good progress on this agenda: The EU Georgia visa facilitation agreement was  signed in June 2010 and the EU-Georgia readmission agreement in November. It is expected that after signature, the European Parliament will give its consent to these two agreements which would allow their conclusion by the Council and their simultaneous entry into force.”

JOINT STAFF WORKING PAPER Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2010 Report: Eastern Partnership,
May 25 2011
“The EU has been responding to the strong request of partners for enhanced mobility through visa facilitation and readmission agreements and through “gradual steps toward full visa liberalization as a long-term goal for individual partner countries on a case-by-case basis provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place”, as outlined in the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit of May 2009. There has been good progress on this agenda.”

Proposal amending Regulation (EC) No 1931/2006 as regards the inclusion of the Kaliningrad area and certain Polish administrative districts in the eligible border area
July 2011

“Even though the EU-Russian Federation agreement on visa facilitation in force since 2007 already is a significant step forward to enhance opportunities for mobility, the local border traffic regime offers additional facilitations specifically for regular, even daily, needs for travel within the local area. […]
In order also to prevent an artificial division of the Kaliningrad oblast, whereby some inhabitants would enjoy facilitations for local border traffic while the majority (including the inhabitants of the city of Kaliningrad) would not, the entire Kaliningrad area should be eligible as a border area in a bilateral agreement between a Member State and the Russian Federation. In this context, and for the Regulation to have real effect in that region, a specific border area on the Polish side should be included in the eligible border area as well, in order to facilitate and enhance economic and cultural interchange between the Kaliningrad oblast on the one hand and major centres in the North of Poland on the other. “

JOINT STAFF WORKING PAPER Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2010 Report: Eastern Partnership,
25 May 2011

“The EU has been responding to the strong request of partners for enhanced mobility through visa facilitation and readmission agreements and through “gradual steps toward full visa liberalization as a long-term goal for individual partner countries on a case-by-case basis provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place”, as outlined in the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit of May 2009. There has been good progress on this agenda.”

Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit Prague,
7 May 2009
“Supporting mobility of citizens and visa liberalisation in a secure environment is another important aspect of the Eastern Partnership. It will promote mobility of citizens of the partner countries through visa facilitation and readmission agreements; the EU, in line with its Global Approach to Migration, will also take gradual steps towards full visa liberalisation as a long term goal for individual partner countries on a case-by-case basis provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place.”