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24 June 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 14:41 GMT+2



June 8, 2018

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ECSA, ICS, ETF and ITF ask that the marine ones can obtain the Schengen visas easily

Worry for new requirement demanded for the obtaining of visas MEV for incomes multiples in the EU

The European and international associations and unions of the marine field have sped up the institutions of the European Union to adopt specific procedures for the marine ones so that they can obtain the Schengen visas easily, that they are you use in order to approach the territories of the European Countries that have joined to the Convention of application of the Agreement of Schengen. The exhortation has been revolt from the shipowning representations European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and from the labor organizations European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

"So that the marine field functions in efficient way and so that are assured to marine the decent living conditions and of job - it has emphasized Tim Springett, spokesman of the ECSA within the Sectoral Social Dialogue Maritime Committee for Transport (SSDC) - it is essential to facilitate their displacements in the European Union so that they can reach the ships, being repatriated and to come down to earth without excessive difficulties".

Commenting the proposal of modification of European regulations 810/2009 of institution of the communitarian code of the visas introduced from the EU commission, Springett has received with favor the fact "that the proposal recognizes already the specific requirements of the marine ones. However - it has specified - we are worried for new requirement demanded for the obtaining of visas MEV for incomes multiples and of the connection that is made to the cooperation on the repatriations. The performance of this connection - it has evidenced Springett - would determine a limitation of the possibility for the marine ones to obtain visas MEV that they have demonstrated of being very useful for they and for their employers. Moreover it would prevent to bring modifications to the crew of the ships in the ports of the EU. The ability to the marine ones to carry out own job and to carry out their essential role in facilitating the marine transport from and for the European Union - it has found - would not have to depend on their nationality".

"We consider - Mark Dickinson has explained, spokesman of ETF in the within of the SSDC - than the marine ones must be considered a special category of travellers of transactions. The marine ones have the necessity of visas for job reasons and have a risk profile much low. Since the average life of contracts of the marine ones is of eight months - it has specified Dickinson - proposed requirement in order to obtain the MEV is too much rigorous and will be practically impossible for the marine ones to respect it. We consider essential that the proposal is modified in order to avoid requisitioned that they prevent to the majority of the marine ones to obtain the MEV through the proposed "approach to cascade"".

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