Visa directive approved by MEPs in plenary session
The purpose of the Council Directive 2004/114 is to determine the conditions and procedures for admission of third-country nationals to the territory of the Member States for a period exceeding three months for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training or voluntary service. The implementation of this directive shows a number of weaknesses. EUCIS-LLL had made some concrete recommendations in order to have a more coherent and efficient system in the EU. On 25 February MEPs voted in first reading the draft legislation, backing by 578 votes to 79 with 21 abstentions MEP Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE)’s report; see adopted text.