Uniform format for short-stay visas (Schengen); New regulation on the update of security features
On 20 June 2017, the Council adopted a regulation amending regulation (EC) No1683/95 laying down a uniform format for visas.
This regulation establishes a new common design for the visa sticker to update its security features in order to prevent forgery. The current visa sticker, which has been in circulation for 20 years, has been compromised by serious incidents of counterfeiting and fraud.
The regulation is likely to be signed in early July by the Council and the European Parliament before its publication in the EU Official Journal.
Ireland and the United Kingdom will not be subject to the application of the new measures, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. However, upon a request from these member states, the Commission shall enter into arrangements with them to exchange technical information in relation to the format for their national visas.
Veronica Huertas Cerdeira
Press officer (Home affairs; Counter-terrorism coordination)
Latest News from
EU trade schemes promote economic development and human rights22/01/2018 14:10:00
A report published jointly by the EC and the European External Action Service shows the positive impact of the European Union's duty-rebate schemes on developing economies.
Countering illegal hate speech online22/01/2018 13:25:00
The third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them.
ESMA updates transparency calculations for MiFID II/MiFIR22/01/2018 11:51:00
The ESMA has published an extended version of the MiFID II/MiFIR transitional transparency calculations (TTC) for equity and bond instruments, adding further instruments.
EESC urges Parliament and Council to swiftly adopt the Commission proposal on safeguarding competition in air transport19/01/2018 14:25:00
The EESC backs the EC’s proposal on the long-awaited revision of the regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport.
VAT: More flexibility on VAT rates, less red tape for small businesses19/01/2018 13:25:00
The proposals are the final steps of the EC’s overhaul of VAT rules, with the creation of a single EU VAT area to dramatically reduce the €50bn lost to VAT fraud each year in the EU, while supporting business and securing government revenues.