Finland Russia Visa arrangements

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Finland Russia Visa arrangements

  1. 1. SCHENGEN BORDERS IN PRACTICE<br />case study of visa issuance arrangements between Finland and Northwest Federal district of Russia<br />
  2. 2. OUTLINE<br /><ul><li> puzzle: Schengen visa – easy to obtain?
  3. 3. ‘because’-part: why & how it works with Finns
  4. 4. implications of the puzzle for the EU visa regime</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>puzzle: Schengen visa – easy to obtain?</li></ul>The concept ‘common border – common visa policy’:<br />Schengen Convention, 1990<br />Article 9<br />1. The Contracting Parties undertake to adopt a commonpolicy onthe movement of persons and, in particular, on thearrangements for visas.<br />
  5. 5. The concept ‘common border – common visa policy’:<br />Maastricht Treaty on the European Union, 1992<br />Article K.1<br />For the purposes of achieving the objectives of the Union, in particular the free movement of persons […] Member States shall regard the following areas as matters of common interest: <br />[…]<br />2.  rules governing the crossing by persons of the external borders of the Member States and the exercise of controls thereon[…]<br />
  6. 6. The concept ‘common border – common visa policy’:<br />Amsterdam Treatyamending TEC, 1997<br />Article 62<br />The Council […] shall […] adopt: <br />[…]<br />(2) measures on the crossing of the external borders of the Member States which shall establish: <br />[…] <br />(b) rules on visas for intended stays of no more than three months, including: <br />[…]<br />(ii) the procedures and conditions for issuing visas by Member States […] <br />
  7. 7. The concept ‘common border – common visa policy’<br />Secondary legislation<br /><ul><li>2001 (2007) – COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 539/2001of 15 March 2001listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the externalborders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement
  8. 8. 2005 (2002) – COMMON CONSULAR INSTRUCTIONS ON VISAS FOR THE DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS ANDCONSULAR POSTS(2005/C 326/01)
  9. 9. 2009 – REGULATION (EC) No 810/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas(Visa Code)
  10. 10. 2008 - REGULATION (EC) No 767/2008 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCILof 9 July 2008concerning the Visa Information System (VIS) and the exchange of data between Member States onshort-stay visas (VIS Regulation)</li></li></ul><li>The puzzle: Finish Schengen visas for NWFD of Russia<br />Every ninth citizen of SPb got Finish Schengen visa in 2008<br />
  11. 11. Uniform visas (visas ‘C’) issued by selected Member States, 2008<br />Source: authors’ own calculations based on Council document 12493/09 ‘Exchange of statistical information on uniform visas issued by Member States' diplomatic missions and consular posts’, 2009<br />
  12. 12. Number of visas ‘C’ issued by Finnish dip.missions in Russia, 2008<br />Source: authors’ own calculations based on Council document 12493/09 ‘Exchange of statistical information on uniform visas issued by Member States' diplomatic missions and consular posts’, 2009<br />
  13. 13. Area - 1 687 000 sq.km<br />Population - 13 462 000<br />
  14. 14. A unique regime? Poland and the its border region of the Ukraine?<br />
  15. 15. <ul><li>‘because’-part: why & how it works with Finns </li></ul>Economic rationale<br />Confidence habit<br />
  16. 16. Number of visas issued by Finnish dip.missions in Russia and number of trips to Finland by Russians, 2008<br />Source: authors’ own calculations based on Council document 12493/09 ‘Exchange of statistical information on uniform visas issued by Member States' diplomatic missions and consular posts’, 2009 and Rosturism and Rosstat, 2009<br />
  17. 17. ForeigntouristsvisitingFinland, 2008<br />Source: RAJAHAASTATTELUTUTKIMUS,<br />BORDER INTERVIEW SURVEY, Finnish Tourist Board / Statistics Finland, 2009<br />
  18. 18. Average expenditure of foreign tourists (incl. same-day visitors) per day, 2008<br />Source: RAJAHAASTATTELUTUTKIMUS,<br />BORDER INTERVIEW SURVEY, Finnish Tourist Board / Statistics Finland, 2009<br />
  19. 19. Total amounts of money brought to Finland by foreign passengers, 2008<br />Source: RAJAHAASTATTELUTUTKIMUS,<br />BORDER INTERVIEW SURVEY, Finnish Tourist Board / Statistics Finland, 2009<br />
  20. 20. Historical memory &<br /> confidence habit<br />President of Finland, Uhro K. Kekkonen, (R) with Nikita S. Khrushchev (C) at party atFinlandEmbassy<br />
  21. 21. 2006<br />Russia migration-to-the-EU pattern<br />The US migration-to-the-EU pattern<br />
  22. 22. <ul><li> implications of the puzzle for the EU visa regime
  23. 23. Common border, territory of MSs, common visa policy
  24. 24. Practice is different - even if it is a unique case
  25. 25. Visa-free regime with Russia – another example? </li></ul>‘as the minister said, we have discussed visas as well; what I would saying in term of future as we need to focus very much on the substance of what we need to achieve between us to enable us to reach the point and we will continue with that work’<br /> (Catherine ASHTON, Press conference, 24 February 2010)<br />
  26. 26. ‘I consider that the lower barriers between us get, the sooner and better we can achieve a visa-free regime’<br /> (Alexander Stubb, a meeting with Sankt Petersburg Governor ValentinaMatvienko, 2008)<br />‘Exemption from the visa requirement between the EU and Russia is an important goal, which will markedly increase and facilitate interaction between citizens in due course. Finland favours rapid progress towards the introduction of a visa-free travel regime based on jointly agreedreciprocallybindingterms’ <br />(Russia Action Plan, 2009)<br />Alexander Stubb<br />
  27. 27. Picture sources<br /><ul><li>‘Frontier zone’ by foothillpete, http://www.flickr.com/photos/peten/91381230/sizes/l/
  28. 28. ‘eu puzzle_1’, Scottish International Investment, http://www.scot-invest.com/images/pictures/eu_puzzle1.jpg
  29. 29. ‘Signing of the Schengen Agreement (14 June 1985)’, © Service Information et Presse du Gouvernement luxembourgeois, http://www.ena.lu/
  30. 30. ‘The Maastricht Treaty’ by KonradDwojak, http://www.flickr.com/photos/konradd/384948344/
  31. 31. ‘amsterdamtreaty’, CIVITAS, EU FACTS, http://www.civitas.org.uk/eufacts/graphics/amsterdamtreaty.jpg
  32. 32. ‘Queue for essential goods’, Tenetour, http://images.google.ru/imgres?imgurl=http://www.tenetour.com/History/large/queue_for_essential_goods.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://www.tenetour.com/history8.php&usg=__x-0dH_ursjlzMFAWMkyeFvK_ZJk=&h=365&w=669&sz=55&hl=ru&start=45&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=8fa-OoImcD-81M:&tbnh=75&tbnw=138&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsoviet%2Bqueue%26start%3D42%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dru%26lr%3D%26newwindow%3D1%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1G1GGLQ_RURU284%26ndsp%3D21%26tbs%3Disch:1
  33. 33. ‘Northwest Federal District’, THE OFFICIAL KARELIA. The Republic of Karelia State Government Bodies’ Official Web Portal, http://www.gov.karelia.ru/gov/Maps/nw1_e.gif
  34. 34. ‘at the polish/ukrainian border’ by bike2chemnitz, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bike2where/2967732986/
  35. 35. ‘joliette’ by -Antoine-, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rouleau/158302540/
  36. 36. ‘President of Finland, Uhro K. Kekkonen, (R) w. Nikita S. Khrushchev (C) at party at Finland Embassy’ by Carl Mydans, http://cache1.asset-cache.net/xc/50554543.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=E41C9FE5C4AA0A14D34ADF54AB9DE9DB6DDCA825C8C3CA71E818EF4E0625F85DB01E70F2B3269972
  37. 37. ‘AlexsanderStubb’,AlexsanderStubb’s web site, http://www.alexstubb.com/</li>

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