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Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver

ST/12398/2017/INIT

OJ L 18, 21.1.2019, p. 32–35 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

Date of entry into force unknown (pending notification) or not yet in force., Date of effect: 01/01/1001

21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/32


AGREEMENT

between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver

THE EUROPEAN UNION,

of the one part, and

THE REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES (hereinafter referred to as ‘Seychelles’),

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to jointly as ‘the Contracting Parties’,

HAVING REGARD to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’) which entered into force on 1 January 2010,

REAFFIRMING the importance of facilitating people to people contacts,

TAKING NOTE that the Agreement works for the satisfaction of the citizens of the Contracting Parties,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the definition of short-stay provided for by the Agreement (three months during a six months period following the date of first entry) is not precise enough and in particular the notion of ‘the date of first entry’ can give rise to uncertainties and questions,

BEARING IN MIND that Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) has introduced horizontal changes in the visa and borders acquis of the European Union and has defined short-stay as ‘90 days in any 180-day period’,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Entry/Exit System to be established by the European Union requires the use of a uniform and clear cut definition of short-stay which is applicable to all third-country nationals,

DESIRING to ensure the smooth flow of travellers at border crossing points of the Contracting Parties,

REAFFIRMING that the Agreement covers citizens of all Member States of the European Union with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice and the Protocol on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and confirming that the provisions of this amending Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Agreement is amended as follows:

(1)

in the title and in Articles 3(5), 4(3), 6(1) and 8(7), the word ‘Community’ is replaced by the word ‘Union’;

(2)

in Article 1, the words ‘three months during a six months period’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days in any 180-day period’;

(3)

Article 4 is amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   The citizens of the European Union may stay in the territory of Seychelles for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.’;

(b)

paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The citizens of Seychelles may stay in the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. That period shall be calculated independently of any stay in a Member State which does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full.

The citizens of Seychelles may stay for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period in the territory of each of the Member States that does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full, independently of the period of stay calculated for the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis.’;

(c)

in paragraph 3, the words ‘three months’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days’;

(4)

in Article 8(4), the last sentence is replaced by the following:

‘A Contracting Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Contracting Party should the reasons for that suspension cease to exist and shall lift that suspension.’.

Article 2

This amending Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the sixth month following the date on which the last Party notifies the other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

Done in duplicate in the Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish languages, each of these texts being equally authentic.

Съставено в Брюксел на двадесет и пети април две хиляди и осемнадесета година.

Hecho en Bruselas, el veinticinco de abril de dos mil dieciocho.

V Bruselu dne dvacátého pátého dubna dva tisíce osmnáct.

Udfærdiget i Bruxelles den femogtyvende april to tusind og atten.

Geschehen zu Brüssel am fünfundzwanzigsten April zweitausendachtzehn.

Kahe tuhande kaheksateistkümnenda aasta aprillikuu kahekümne viiendal päeval Brüsselis.

Έγινε στις Βρυξέλλες, στις είκοσι πέντε Απριλίου δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ.

Done at Brussels on the twenty-fifth day of April in the year two thousand and eighteen.

Fait à Bruxelles, le vingt-cinq avril deux mille dix-huit.

Sastavljeno u Bruxellesu dvadeset petog travnja godine dvije tisuće osamnaeste.

Fatto a Bruxelles, addì venticinque aprile duemiladiciotto.

Briselē, divi tūkstoši astoņpadsmitā gada divdesmit piektajā aprīlī.

Priimta du tūkstančiai aštuonioliktų metų balandžio dvidešimt penktą dieną Briuselyje.

Kelt Brüsszelben, a kétezer-tizennyolcadik év április havának huszonötödik napján.

Magħmul fi Brussell, fil-ħamsa u għoxrin jum ta' April fis-sena elfejn u tmintax.

Gedaan te Brussel, vijfentwintig april tweeduizend achttien.

Sporządzono w Brukseli dnia dwudziestego piątego kwietnia roku dwa tysiące osiemnastego.

Feito em Bruxelas, em vinte e cinco de abril de dois mil e dezoito.

Întocmit la Bruxelles la douăzeci și cinci aprilie două mii optsprezece.

V Bruseli dvadsiateho piateho apríla dvetisícosemnásť.

V Bruslju, dne petindvajsetega aprila leta dva tisoč osemnajst.

Tehty Brysselissä kahdentenakymmenentenäviidentenä päivänä huhtikuuta vuonna kaksituhattakahdeksantoista.

Som skedde i Bryssel den tjugofemte april år tjugohundraarton.

За Европейския съюз

Рог la Unión Europea

Za Evropskou unii

For Den Europæiske Union

Für die Europäische Union

Euroopa Liidu nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

For the European Union

Pour l'Union européenne

Za Europsku uniju

Per l'Unione europea

Eiropas Savienības vārdā –

Europos Sąjungos vardu

Az Európai Unió részéről

Għall-Unjoni Ewropea

Voor de Europese Unie

W imieniu Unii Europejskiej

Pela União Europeia

Pentru Uniunea Europeană

Za Európsku úniu

Za Evropsko unijo

Euroopan unionin puolesta

För Europeiska unionen

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За Република Сейшели

Por la República de Seychelles

Za Seychelskou republiku

For Republikken Seychellerne

Für die Republik Seychellen

Seišelli Vabariigi nimel

Για τη Δημοκρατία των Σεϋχελλών

For the Republic of Seychelles

Pour la République des Seychelles

Za Republiku Sejšele

Per la Repubblica delle Seychelles

Seišelu Republikas vārdā –

Seišelių Respublikos vardu

A Seychelle Köztársaság részéről

Għar-Repubblika tas-Seychelles

Voor de Republiek der Seychellen

W imieniu Republiki Seszeli

Pela República das Seicheles

Pentru Republica Seychelles

Za Seychelskú republiku

Za Republiko Sejšeli

Seychellien tasavallan puolesta

För Republiken Seychellerna

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(1)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 31.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).


JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN

It is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, on the one hand, and Seychelles, on the other hand, modify, without delay, the existing bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in accordance with the terms of this amending Agreement.


JOINT DECLARATION ON THE INTERPRETATION OF 90 DAYS IN ANY 180-DAY PERIOD

The Contracting Parties understand that the maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period as provided for by Article 4 of the Agreement means either a continuous visit or several consecutive visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period in total.

The notion of ‘any’ implies the application of a moving 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days in any 180-day period requirement continues to be fulfilled. Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.


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