Czech ambassador meets with EU Commission, Canadian counterpart over visas
The Czech ambassador to the EU, Milena Vicenová, has met with representatives of the European Commission, as well as her Canadian counterpart Ross Hornby, to discuss Canada’s recent decision to reinstate visas for Czech nationals. Canada took the decision on July 14 in reaction to the high number of Czechs, mostly from the Roma community, filing asylum applications. Mrs Vicenová said after the meeting that the EC had voiced support for the Czech Republic. The Czechs have asked Canada for changes, including the following: for its nationals to not have to travel to Vienna for visas or to fill-in more detailed paperwork than other EU members. The Czech Republic also asked that Canada provide a thorough explanation of its decision to reintroduce visas.