DG Home, Deputy Head of Unit Visa, European Commission
Diederik Paalman, who has Dutch nationality, joined the European Commission in 1996. After posts in the Directorates General for Trade and External Relations respectively, M. Paalman moved in 2001 to the (then) Directorate General for Justice and Home Affairs. In this DG he worked on relations with the United States post 9/11 and as a negotiator of EU readmission agreements.
In March 2011 he was appointed Deputy Head of Unit of Visa Policy in DG Home Affairs. In this capacity he is, inter alia, in charge of negotiations of visa facilitation agreements with partner countries
A visa policy is led by the Ministry of the Interior and not by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which is usually more open and relaxed on this matter. The Ministry of the Interior is much more focused on security issues and sees visas as a tool to regulate entry on its territory.
We, at DG HOME, think that many of the problems that people are confronted with in the Schengen visa system can be remedied by issuing quicker multi-entry visas.