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Grant Fiji visa free access to the Schengen zone: Bainimarama

December 7, 2016 5:18 pm

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama is requesting action be taken to grant Fiji visa free access to the Schengen zone.

He raised his concerns during the discussion with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on areas of mutual interest between Fiji and the European Union.

Bainimarama says given Fiji has already met the requirements for visa free travel and had submitted a formal request to the EU in 2015 action must be taken.

He also cited the visa free status already granted to many other Pacific Island countries.

At the meeting, held in Brussels, Bainimarama also briefed Tusk on Fiji’s plans as President of the 23rd session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP-23), and sought EU support for Fiji’s agenda.

President Tusk commended Fiji’s rapid development, particularity the work undertaken to reform Fiji’s sugar industry, and assured the EU’s full support to Fiji through the EU representative in Fiji, Andrew Jacobs.