EU Pressure Insufficient to Gain U.S. Visa Waiver for Poles

Author
Marek Wasinski
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
In a communication of 12 April, the European Commission assessed the potential political and economic consequences of suspending visa exemption for U.S. citizens. Lacking pressure from individual EU Member States, the Commission discouraged such a move and gave the EU Council and European Parliament three months to take an official position. It seems almost certain that the measure of applying pressure on a non-EU country will not be used to help Poland and four other Member States obtain visa-free travel to the United States or other countries with a similar restriction. However, if current trends continue, Poland should join the U.S. Visa Waiver Programme in five years.
Topic
Economics, Politics, European Union, Citizenship
Political Geography
United States, Europe