News: Kaliningrad citizens to move visa-free in Lithuania and Poland
European Union Commission proposed to allow Kaliningrad citizens to move without visa into a 50 km zone inside Lithuania and Poland.
Kaliningrad is situated between Poland and Lithuania, being an enclave of Russian Federation, which is not EU country. Citizens of Kaliningrad are forced to obtain visa to leave their area that negatively affect economic development.
The situation of the Kaliningrad enclave is a specific issue. The solution proposed by the Commission will facilitate people-to-people contacts and enhance economic cooperation on both sides of the border, without affecting security said Commissioner for Homer Affairs Cecilia Malmström.
According to the proposal, this opportunity could be granted to approximately one million Kaliningrad enclave citizens, though they would still not be able to travel to the capitals of Lithuania and Poland without a visa.
This proposal will be discussed by the Council and the European Parliament.