EU warns Canada it will retaliate for imposed visas on Czechs

20-10-2009

The European Commission has warned Canada to lift visa requirements for Czech citizens by the end of the year or face retaliatory action from the EU. Canada re-imposed visas on Czechs in July of this year, citing a growing number of asylum seekers, and has shown no indication of reconsidering or softening the measure in the foreseeable future. A European Commission spokesman said on Tuesday that unless the problem was resolved by the end of the year, it would act on the solidarity principle and recommend retaliatory action targeting Canadian diplomats and government employees. Even if such a recommendation were made, it would be up to individual member states to decide whether they want to implement it.