[FOSDEM] more problems with visa letters

Ludovic Brenta ludovic at ludovic-brenta.org
Thu Jan 21 11:40:51 CET 2016

Daniel Pocock wrote:
> On 21/01/16 00:36, Ludovic Brenta wrote:
>> Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro> writes:
>>>> That would void the point of the whole "invitation letter" system,
>>>> and could put the legal entity behind FOSDEM at risk.
>>> I'm not sure what you mean by that
>>> As far as I understand it, FOSDEM is a free event where everybody 
>>> is
>>> welcome,
>> But Belgium and the Schengen area are *not* free countries where
>> everybody is welcome.  At least, that's what the law says and that 
>> is
>> the reason why the law mandates invitation letters.  Sending 
>> invitation
>> letters to "everybody" would defeat the purpose of Belgian law.
> I feel (or at least, I hope) that [...]

Your feelings and hopes have nothing to do with the law.  Belgium is 
exactly a dictatorship.  I would not want the FOSDEM organizers to put
themselves at odds with the laws of their host country just because of
your feelings.

Ludovic Brenta.

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