RESOLUTION ON FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IN THE OSCE REGION

    1. Recalling the relevant provisions of the Helsinki Final Act (1975), the Final Document of the Madrid Meeting (1983), the Final Document of the Vienna Meeting (1989), the Document of the Copenhagen Meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension of the CSCE (1990), the Charter of Paris for a New Europe (1990), the Budapest Document "Towards a Genuine Partnership in a New Era" (1994), the Border Security and Management Concept (2005) and other relevant OSCE documents,
    2. Reaffirming the provisions of the Charter of Paris for a New Europe (1990), in accordance with which every individual has the right to freedom of movement without any discrimination,
    3. Reiterating that greater freedom of movement and contacts between our citizens are of crucial importance for the preservation and development of free societies and a thriving culture and play an essential role in the context of protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms,
    4. Welcoming the positive advances which have taken place over the past decades in the OSCE region in connection with the simplification of visa procedures and the liberalization of visa regimes, and welcoming the continuing efforts towards a reciprocal simplification of visa formalities and an abolition of entry visas on the basis of corresponding agreements,
    5. Welcoming the initiatives of a number of CSTO Member States, in particular Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, aimed at simplifying visa procedures, as well as their determination to liberalize visa regimes with the OSCE participating States,
    6. Recognizing the need to continue to promote and facilitate human contacts among the participating States in the OSCE region,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Urges the Governments of the participating States to meet their commitments in full with regard to freedom of movement and the promotion of human contacts;
    2. Calls upon the participating States to promote trips on an individual or group basis for personal or professional reasons and for tourism, in particular by further simplifying visa procedures and reducing visa fees;
    3. Urges the Governments of the participating States to further strengthen co-operation between the relevant bodies and institutions with a view to promoting greater freedom of movement of persons across borders and ultimately abolishing visa regimes throughout the OSCE space;
    4. Recommends that the ODIHR should conduct a review of the implementation of commitments entered into by the participating States with regard to freedom of movement of persons across borders, in order to provide technical assistance and advisory services to the participating States on those issues at their request, as and when needed and upon receipt of the respective applications;
    5. Recommends that an OSCE event should be held with the participation of parliamentarians, representatives of Governments, experts on consular and migration issues and members of the relevant non-governmental organizations representing the OSCE participating States to consider the situation in the area of freedom of movement and visa regimes, as well as to exchange views on ways of improving human contacts in the OSCE region;
    6. Calls upon the Governments of the participating States to continue to give due attention, including through the appropriate OSCE structures, to the question of ensuring freedom of movement and eliminating visa barriers in the OSCE region.