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One minute speech on EU-Russia agreements on readmission and visa facilitation

Laima Andrikiene, MEP
One minute speech
EP Plenary Session
Brussels
January 31, 2007

Mr. President, European Parliament is discussing the conclusion of agreements between the European Community and the Russian Federation on readmission and on the facilitation of issuance of short-stay visas.

What concerns the readmission agreement our reservations are related to the absence of the regulatory framework for implementing the agreement, as well as that the Agreement does not explicitly exclude asylum-seekers from its scope. What concerns the visa facilitation agreement, reservations are even more serious and should be taken into account.

Mr. President, I would like to draw your attention to the importance of these concerns and even though the EC Treaty provides merely for Parliament to be consulted in cases of this kind, the Parliament should continue to call on the Council and Commission to fulfil their information obligations, in order  European decisions to be taken on a democratic footing.