EU to discuss requiring visas for Americans, Canadians

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive plans to discuss instituting mandatory visa requirements for American and Canadian visitors because the U.S. and Canada maintain similar restrictions on some EU nationals.

EU Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Friday the item will be on the Commission's agenda next week.

"Our goal remains full and reciprocal visa waiver with our strategic partners," Andreeva said.

She said EU rules require the Commission to propose reciprocal visa requirements for countries that don't allow EU nationals visa-free entry. The European Parliament and EU member states have the power to reject the Commission's proposal.

EU officials say the U.S. currently requires visas for travelers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.

Canada requires visas for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania.