| Liberals, Democrats and Reformers' Group of the Parliamentary
the Council of Europe supports the idea of elimination of the visa regime
between the Russian Federation and the European Union member countries
was discussed at the Russia-EU summit in St.Petersburg in May 2003.
LDR Group calls the European Commission, the Russian Federation, heads
states and parliaments of the European Union member countries to conduct
intensive consultations on this issue to develop a plan of joint measures.
Preparatory work in the field of legislation both in Russia and the EU,
well as provision of necessary security measures are required for
elimination of the visa regime.
Liberals, Democrats and Reformers' Group considers that elimination
visa regime between the European Union and Russia will become an important
step in the development of economic, political and cultural cooperation
between EU and Russia which is in line with the idea of a Single Europe
without dividing lines.
The Liberal Group
of PACE approved the idea of visa-free regime for trips of Russian citizens
to EU countries, Press release, June 21, 2003