The European Union is pushing "for full visa reciprocity" for those member states from the U.S. government since usa citizens can travel freely to any of the 28 EU member states.
Currently, nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, the Greek Cypriot administration, Poland and Romania cannot travel to the USA without a visa, although American citizens can go to all European Union states visa-free.
The Commission is expected to adopt the necessary legal measures within two months. Canada also imposes visa requirements on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens, but it has announced that they will be lifted on December 1, 2017.
A spokeswoman for EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos acknowledged the resolution and said he had resumed efforts to obtain full visa reciprocity during a reent visit to Washington. The EU Commission contacted the United States with a notice of non-reciprocity concerning the five countries in April 2014, and according to its rules, the Commission should have already taken action last April after the expiry of 24 months since notification.
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Four other countries were notified about non-reciprocity in 2014, together with the U.S., namely Japan, Canada, Brunei and Australia.
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The Commission has not taken any legal measures against the USA for now, however.
Whilst countries such as Australia, Brunei and Japan since lifted visa requirements, the U.S. have failed to act forcing today's vote.