10th April 2014: Today at the European Parliament in Brussels, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) on the ‘visa packages’.
"We heard some very interesting figures purporting to show the economic advantages of visa facilitation or visa liberalisation or new types of visa.
"Whilst it might be easy to calculate the number of people who do visit member states, how can we calculate the number of people who fail to come to EU member states but would come with visa facilitation?
"This seems like adding the first two numbers we think of and then calculating them to three decimal places. But perhaps I am just a cynic.
Response from the Commission"
"Of course we don’t have hard figures, we have estimates based on studies that have been conducted. Similar figures come from studies (conducted) last year. However, estimates are only estimates."