Digitalization of the visa application system most welcome

On 27 April 2022, the European Commission issued its proposal for the digitalisation of the Schengen visa process (COM(2022) 658 final).

Following the proposal, visa applicants will be able to apply for a visa online, including paying the visa fee through a single EU platform, regardless of the Schengen country they want to visit and the platform will automatically determine which Schengen country is responsible for examining an application, in particular when the applicant intends to visit several Schengen countries.

The platform will also provide applicants with up-to-date information on Schengen short-stay visas, as well as all necessary information regarding the requirements and procedures (such as supporting documents, visa fees or the need for an appointment to collect biometric identifiers).

Appearing in person at the consulate would only be mandatory for first-time applicants for the collection of biometric identifiers, for applicants whose biometric data are no longer valid or for those with a new travel document.

HOTREC welcomes the improvements and thanks to the European Commission for having listened to HOTREC’s concerns during the consultation phase. Travel is now made easier for visa applicants, while procedures are made more effective and secure.

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08 Nov
08/11/2022    
All Day
Next meeting of the PTD expert group on 8/11: agenda available: https://www.hotrec.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/draft-Agenda-8-Nov-2022.pdf
Informal meeting with Airlines4Europe - Possible impact of Fit for 55 on airline pricing and travel
08/11/2022    
09:45 - 11:15
Main outcome of the meeting available (summary + PowerPoint from Airlines4Europe)
14 Nov
14/11/2022 - 16/11/2022    
00:00
On 14-16 November 2022, the Czech presidency of the EU Council will organise the European Tourism Forum.
Webinar on Practical solutions to food waste monitoring in hospitality
17/11/2022    
10:30 - 11:30
Webinar - 17 November, 10.30-11.30 CET
Preparatory meeting SSD plenary + Update on Social Affairs
21/11/2022    
10:00 - 11:30
On 21 November 2022, HOTREC will organise its Sectoral Social Dialogue preparatory meeting + update on Social Affairs (policy and legislative files). The meeting will [...]
22 Nov
22/11/2022    
11:30 - 14:00
HOTREC has shared consolidated comments on ISO Restaurant Vocabulary Project (WD16520) now accessible and will attend the 22 November meeting. 
24 Nov
24/11/2022    
11:00 - 12:30
Updated slides, minutes and other material/documents are available online.
24 Nov
24/11/2022    
15:00 - 16:30
Presentation and documents are uploaded
Sectoral Social Dialogue Plenary meeting
25/11/2022    
10:00 - 16:00
PowerPoint presentations available
28 Nov
28/11/2022    
15:00 - 17:00
Stanhope Hotel Brussels by Thon Hotels List of Participants Draft Agenda for ExCom meeting on 28 November 2022 PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM 16:30, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, [...]
European Hospitality Day - Event at European Parliament
29/11/2022    
08:30 - 14:30
HOTREC is organising meetings and exchanges for HOTREC members at the European Parliament on Tuesday 29 November 2022 in Brussels.
Events on 14/11/2022
14 Nov
Events on 22/11/2022
Events on 24/11/2022
Events on 25/11/2022
Events on 28/11/2022
28 Nov