A delegation from the European Parliament (EP) will meet tomorrow in Quito with their Ecuadorian counterparts from the Andean Community to discuss an Ecuadorian request for visa exemption for their citizens in the Schengen area.
The Andean parliamentarians for Ecuador Rosa Mireya Cárdenas, Hugo Quiroz, Pamela Aguirre, Fausto Cobo and Patricia Terán will hold a working meeting with the European Parliament delegation headed by the Spanish Luis de Grandes Pascual, who today began a visit to the country.
The meeting will take place in a hall of the National Assembly (Parliament) and will also discuss the situation of violence on the border with Colombia, the trade agreement with the European Union and the process of reconstruction of the areas affected by an earthquake in April of 2016, the Ecuadorian section of the Andean Parliament reported in a statement.
However, the central theme of the meeting will be the process promoted by the Andean Parliament and the different functions of the Ecuadorian State to “obtain the exemption from the short-term visa, currently requested by European countries, for Ecuadorian citizens”.
Ecuador, which joined the Multiparty Trade Agreement with the European Union last year, has asked that block, as well as Colombia and Peru, also subscribers to the agreement, to eliminate the visa requirement for the entry of their compatriots to the European territory.
In addition to Pascual, the delegation of the EP includes Agustín Díaz de Mera, Gabriel Mato, Tadeusz Zwiefka, Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero and Helmut Scholz. (I)