In a tit-for-tat move, the European Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution on Thursday calling for the reintroduction of visa requirements for American citizens after the United States continues to refuse to grant visa-free access to citizens of five European Union countries, the New York Times reported. By passing the resolution, European lawmakers sent a clear message to the Trump administration: lift travel requirements for citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, or expect similar treatment for Americans visiting the EU.
Claude Moraes, a British lawmaker who leads the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in the European Parliament said, “You’re really seeing frustration and anger, and without any timetable, this is becoming increasingly seen as second-class treatment.”
“Only when the U.S. fully gets that the European Commission is going to act are we going to get any kind of timetable from the United States,” he continued.
In the vote, Parliament gave the European Commission two months to pursue legal measures to impose the restrictions on American tourists to the EU unless the Trump administration reverses its stance on similar travel restrictions.
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