On February 2, 2020, new rules for obtaining a Schengen visa came into force. This was reported by the Russian online edition of RT on February 2, 2020. The claim is true.
RUSSIA TODAY reported that on February 2nd new rules for obtaining visas to the Schengen countries came into force: the new procedure makes it easier to obtain visas that facilitate tourism, trade and entrepreneurship. In their material, they refer to the message of the press service of the European Commission.
To check whether this information published on the website of the Russian Internet publication RUSSIA TODAY is reliable, we turned to the official document REGULATION (EU) 2019/1155 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of June 20, 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) to verify the correctness of the amendments. According to the RUSSIA TODAY Internet portal, the consular fee clause touched the changes in the Visa Code:
- Now the fee is from € 60 to € 80. Children under six years old still do not have a visa fee. For children from six to 12 years old, it is half the standard and therefore will increase to € 40. However, individual EU countries can now refuse to collect consular fees from minors – this is confirmed by Article 16 of the Visa Code (as amended on July 20, 2019).
Thus, we can conclude that the news presented by the Russian Internet portal RUSSIA TODAY is true.
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