Since the United States still require visas for citizens of Croatia and several other EU member states, the EU could introduce counter-measures.
The European Commission will on Tuesday decide whether the citizens of the United States of America and Canada will have to obtain visas to visit the countries which are members of the EU, reports Index.hr on April 9, 2016.
The focus is on the issue of reciprocity – while Americans and Canadians can now visit any EU country without a visa (if they do not plan to work or to remain in the country longer than three months), not all EU member states enjoy the same privilege when it comes to visiting these two countries.
Currently, people with passports from 38 countries, including many members of the European Union, can enter the USA without a visa. However, citizens of five member states of the EU still need a visa – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, which are not part of the visa-exemption programme of the American government. As for Canada, citizens of Bulgaria and Romania must obtain a visa despite being members of the EU.
In the past, both countries have agreed with the deadline by which the new EU members could be included in the list of countries which are considered to be “safe”. However, the final deadline for this is 12 April, but so far neither the United States nor Canada have decided to adopt such decisions.
Still, even if the European Commission were to decide to change its policies for the citizens of the United States and Canada next week, that would not mean an immediate introduction of the visa requirement. According to sources, there would be a period of up to six months during which the majority of European governments, as well as the European Parliament, could block such move.