The aim is to target decision-makers by dragging out the application time for diplomatic visas, hiking costs or cutting short their stays.
At the same time, the Commission said it plans to make tourism visas more attractive. It would allow for earlier applications, electronic visas, and strictly limited stays of one week in one EU country.
But the price of visas already beyond the means of most Africans would rise from 60 to 80 euros ($74 to $99), leaving many heading to Europe in search of better lives with little incentive to apply.
"With these changes, we will keep Europe's door open for bone fide travelers but closed for those who pose security risks," said EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.
Avramopoulos said he would shortly travel to Niger, a transit hub for many migrants bound for Europe via Libya, for talks with regional leaders, and that he would try to "convince these countries to take back their nationals."
"Readmission of own nationals is an obligation under international law," he said.
Also Wednesday, the Commission said it was mobilizing the second 3-billion-euro ($3.7 billion) tranche of refugee money for Turkey, even though the move was endorsed several weeks ago.
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