EU Delays Reports On Georgia, Ukraine Visa Liberalization

(Civil.Ge) – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said without elaborating details that “the work is still going on” in the European Commission and the reports will be out “this month, in the coming days.” Georgia’s ambassador to the EU Natalie Sabanadze said the release of the reports was delayed because of Ukraine. She said the.. read more →

15 Dec 2015

Hey, Europe, Don’t Turn Little Kosovo Into a Big Problem

Officials in Brussels may this week recommend that Ukrainians and Georgians should be able to travel to the European Union without visas, deploying one of the bloc’s more powerful tools for making friends and influencing neighbors. Nothing of the kind, however, is expected for Kosovo. Why? This perhaps sounds like small beer: Kosovo’s a tiny place, and visaless.. read more →

14 Dec 2015

EU to release Georgia’s visa liberalisation progress report tomorrow

Will Georgian citizens be able to travel to the European Union (EU) visa free? The answer to this highly anticipated question will be known tomorrow when a report by EU experts is released. The report will assess Georgia’s progress of implementing its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP) and will determine whether or not the country was.. read more →

14 Dec 2015

New EU chapter to open with reforms on Turkey’s agenda

With the EU clearing the path for the opening of at least one of the five chapters currently closed in Turkey’s long-stalled accession process, Ankara has turned its attention to a series of legislative reforms. After five years of standstill in negotiations with the EU, Chapter 17 on Economic and Monetary Policy will be opened.. read more →

13 Dec 2015

Antigua & Barbuda: EU official says Schengen visa arrangement not in jeopardy

Antiguans and Barbudans who have enjoyed visa-free access to several European states, under the Schengen arrangement, have been told not to worry about losing the privilege. In 2009, Antigua & Barbuda was named among the first Caribbean nations along with the Bahamas, Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis, to gain visa free access to EU.. read more →

12 Dec 2015

Schengen states launch Visa Information System in India

The Schengen states have launched the Visa Information System (VIS) in India along with the neighbouring countries as part of the worldwide introduction of the VIS, which since October 2011 has been functioning in 17 out of 23 world regions. All Schengen consulates worldwide will be connected to the VIS by end of 2015. VIS,.. read more →

10 Dec 2015

The European Union may soon take charge of Europe’s borders

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is considering a measure that would give a new EU border force powers to intervene and guard a member state’s external frontier to protect the Schengen open-borders zone, EU officials and diplomats said on Friday. Such a move would be controversial. It might be blocked by states wary of surrendering sovereign control of.. read more →

05 Dec 2015

Colombia and EU sign visa exemption for Schengen countries

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and top European Union officials on Wednesday signed an agreement to exempt Colombians from having to request a visa before traveling to Europe. The exemption has long been requested by Colombia, whose citizens have to go through lengthy and sometimes humiliating procedures in order to be allowed entry to the 26 countries.. read more →

03 Dec 2015

Peru: Schengen visa exemption postponed until first half of 2016

Peruvians may have to wait until the first half of 2016 until they can take advantage of the elimination of the Schengen visa . In August, the National Superintendency of Migration (Migrations) of Peru announced that Peruvians could begin receiving their biometric passports by December, but the process is going to take a little longer than expected… read more →

26 Nov 2015

EU chief defends visa-free travel

A top European Union official has urged EU leaders to rescue of Europe’s passport free area as it comes under threat from extremist attacks and the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants. Visa-free travel in the 30-nation area known as the Schengen zone has been compromised by border closures, increased security and the building.. read more →

25 Nov 2015