According to TASS, we will talk about both changing the Schengen Code, which does not allow a complete cessation of the issuance of Schengen visas on a national basis, and possible concerted actions of the EU countries within their national competencies, explained a diplomatic source in Brussels
“< em> The question of the possibilities of an organized joint significant reduction by all EU countries in the number of Schengen visas issued to Russian citizens will be introduced by a number of states, in particular, Estonia and Finland at the upcoming “hymnich” (an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers – TASS note). It will be about both changing the Schengen Code, which does not allow a complete cessation of the issuance of Schengen visas on a national basis, and about possible concerted actions of the EU countries within the framework of their current national competencies,” a source in Brussels told the agency.< /p>
According to the interlocutor of TASS, the first stage will consider the creation of a voluntary system to reduce several times the number of tourist visas issued to Russian citizens daily. Those EU states that are already ready for this step will be able to immediately join this scheme. Such a system will allow working out the optimal forms of visa restrictions, which other EU countries will later be able to join.