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20071108Agreementbetween the European Community and the Republic of Serbia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, hereinafter referred to as "the Community";and THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA, hereinafter referred to as "the Parties"; HAVING REGARD to the European perspective of the Republic of Serbia, the opening of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) negotiations between the European Community/the EU Member States and the Republic of Serbia and the European Partnership adopted by the Council in January 2006, REAFFIRMING the intention to cooperate closely within the framework of the future SAA structures for the liberalization of the visa regime between the Republic of Serbia and the European Union, in line with the conclusions of the EU-Western Balkans Summit held in Thessaloniki on 21 June 2003, DESIRING, as a first concrete step towards the visa free travel regime, to facilitate people-to-people contacts as an important condition for a steady development of economic, humanitarian, cultural, scientific and other ties, by facilitating the issuing of visas to citizens of the Republic of Serbia, BEARING IN MIND that, all EU citizens are exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the Republic of Serbia for a period of time not exceeding 90 days or transiting through the territory of the Republic of Serbia, RECOGNISING that if the Republic of Serbia was to reintroduce the visa requirement for EU citizens, the same facilitations granted under this agreement to the citizens of the Republic of Serbia would automatically, on the basis of reciprocity, apply to EU citizens, RECOGNISING that visa facilitation should not lead to illegal migration and PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION to security and readmission, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Protocol integrating the Schengen acquis into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community and confirming that the provisions of this agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of Denmark annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community and confirming that the provisions of this agreement do not apply to the Kingdom of Denmark, HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS: Article 1Purpose and scope of application1.