Contribution to the public consultation “Improving procedures for obtaining short-stay ‘Schengen’ visas”

Dear Sir or Madam,
as a coordinator of academic cooperation programs of the Faculty of Law and Administration, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, with Ukrainian universities, I would like to raise some issues related to the envisaged amendment of the Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code). My remarks will be based on experience in coordinating academic exchange projects with Ukrainian partners, advising our Ukrainian partners and contact persons on visa matters, as well as assisting civil society organisations active in this area. This experience allowed me to identify some specific weak points of the current EU visa rules, being a major deterrent for legitimate travel for academic, business or tourism purposes. Furthermore, there are some very obvious deficiencies in the practice of some consulates of EU Member States which can be reduced or eliminated by more precise rules of the Visa Code and enhanced supervision by EU institutions. Finally, provisions of the Visa Code and sometimes related provisions of national law should be streamlined in order to bring more clarity and enhance legal certainty.

Author: Dr Marek Porzycki

Coordinator of Ukrainian Programs
Faculty of Law and Administration
Jagiellonian University

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Contribution to the public consultation “Improving procedures for obtaining short-stay ‘Schengen’ visas”

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