MEPs called on Washington to grant the same visa-free access
to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus as enjoyed by citizens of the other 23 EU nations. EU rules require equal treatment for all member states.
US citizens can currently visit all EU nations without a visa under the visa waiver program.
The resolution, approved by MEPs Thursday by a show of hands, urges the Commission to adopt the necessary legal measures “within two months” but is non-binding, according to a European Parliament news release.
If applied, it would temporarily impose visa requirements on US travelers until full visa reciprocity is achieved. But EU nations would stand to lose out if tourism and business travel from the United States were impacted.
The European Commission has been working toward a resolution of the visa dispute.