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EU External Relations: Entry Clearances

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of joining the Russia-EU visa facilitation agreement. (150784)

The EU strategy on visa facilitation does not apply to the UK and Ireland, given our non-participation in Schengen and the common visa policy. We are under no obligation to conclude a similar agreement. The UK considers approaches for visa facilitation independently from EU proposals.