Taking good note of Fiji’s call for inclusion in the list of countries with visa-free access to the Schengen area, the EU side confirmed it would give due consideration to Fiji at the next review of the visa list.
The EU and Fiji noted that since May 01 this year, Fiji citizens intending to travel to Germany can submit their applications for Schengen visas in Suva.
Fiji reported on progress made in its discussions with other EU member states on a similar scheme that would allow for the processing of applications for Schengen visas in Suva, providing for visits to these EU member states.
Fiji outlined a number of tax reforms and initiatives for mobilisation of domestic resources for development that it viewed as essential for the country’s consistent economic performance.
Both parties took good note of the inclusion of Fiji in the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions, released by the EU on March 12, this year.
The EU and Fiji agreed to discuss this matter further so as to facilitate Fiji’s efforts to reach compliance with the requirements, as this will make it possible for the country to be removed from this list.