The biggest difference between the so-called “golden passports” and “golden visas” is that the first one gives national - and thereby EU – citizenship, while the second allows non-EU citizens to reside legally in a Member State.
Let us be frank: the past weeks have not been Europe's finest hour. Having 49 people on boats at sea, for almost 3 weeks, is not what the European Union stands for. The European Union is about human values and solidarity. And if human values and solidarity are not upheld it is not Europe.
The emergency funding will be provided under the Commission's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF), and is part of the €10.8 billion for migration, border management and internal security already mobilised by the Commission for the period 2014-20.
Today, citizens from around 60 countries around the world can travel to the EU without needing a visa. In turn, EU citizens should also receive the possibility to travel to these countries without a visa. This reciprocity is a central principle in our visa policy.