EU - The Golden Passport

Arno Froese

Two dozen letters have been exchanged between the European Commission and Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta over their controversial ‘Golden Passport’ schemes, by which rich foreigners can gain EU citizenship for large sums of money.

The issue has recently landed Cyprus and Malta with the possibility of facing the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg over the passport sales, which critics say attract people with criminal backgrounds.

An Al Jazeera investigation revealed senior Cypriot officials discussing ways to provide citizenship to a convicted criminal.

The media network published 1,400 leaked documents showing how Cyprus allowed fugitives to obtain Cypriot—and thus EU—citizenship.

Of the three, Bulgaria was to first launch its scheme in 2005, offering people citizenship in exchange for a €1m investment. 

The commission says the schemes undermine the integrity of the status of EU citizenship and free movement.

It also allows people, who had no links to the European Union prior to sometimes paying out millions of euros for the passports, the right to vote.

Justice commissioner Didier Reynders in October said the schemes were still being used in such countries to attract investors through their privileged partnership agreements, or various accession bids with the EU.

-euobserver.com, 24 November 2020

Arno's commentary

Passports of EU member countries are called the “Golden Passport,” the most sought after in the world. Why? Because all 27 EU member countries are immediately open to indefinite stay by the holders of these passports. But in this case, the sale of “Golden Passports” seems uncontrolled and provides possibilities for criminals to receive this desirable citizenship. 

To buy citizenship is nothing new. An article by immi-usa.com reports: 

       To become a United States citizen through investment, a foreign national will first need to apply for the investor program visa. Previously, the EB-5 immigrant visa was granted to foreign investors who are ready and able to invest $500,000 or $1 million in the U.S. economy. 

       -www.immi-usa.com, 3 September 2019

Many other countries also offer citizenship in exchange for financial investment or various other requirements. Thus, the bottom line is merchandise and money. The rich can literally do anything, while those with lesser means cannot.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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