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EU Proposes Visa-Free Entry for UK Citizens traveling to EU for short stays – Conditions UK to Reciprocate Policy

UK passport holders will not need to get short-stay visas before heading to any of the Schengen member states upon Brexit, if the UK does not impose short stay visa requirements on EU citizens either. During a meeting in Strasbourg today, the European Commission has proposed to place UK nationals under the list of visa-exempt..

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European Council Approves Proposal for a Stronger eu-Lisa Agency

The European Council has adopted the Commission’s proposal to strengthen the mandate of the eu-LISA agency, in a bid to close gaps that may threaten the security of Europe and its citizens. The strengthening of the eu-LISA, which is the EU Agency responsible for the operational management of large-scale information systems in the area of..

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UK gov. warns Britons to check their passports before traveling to EU in case of a no-deal Brexit

As March 29, 2019 approaches, after which date the UK will finally be out of the European Union, the British government has started warning Britons for all possible scenarios, including a no-deal Brexit. The UK government has recently released a series of technical notices in a bid to prepare its citizens for a ‘no deal’..

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MEPs Demand Bulgaria’s and Romania’s Hasty Accession to Schengen

The members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament have agreed that Romania and Bulgaria should join the Schengen zone as soon as possible. The majority of MEPs voted in favor of a call to the European Union ministers to take an affirmative decision in the accession of..

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EP votes for Schengen Information System upgrade

The European information system for security and border management will soon be updated. The European Parliament members have approved three draft regulations that will update the Schengen Information System (SIS), in a bid to strengthen the fight against cross-border crime, terrorism and irregular migration. The SIS is a large-scale [...]

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EP rapporteur for Kosovo Igor Soltes, warns destabilization in case of visa liberalization delay

Igor Soltes, the rapporteur for Kosovo in the European Parliament, asserts that the European Union should grant Kosovo citizens with visa-free travel as a sign of mutual trust. In a response to Kosovo online newspaper Express, regarding the Kosovo visa liberalization issue, Soltes claims that not all member states are on the same side when..

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EU hopes to ease visa regime with Belarus in 2018

Belarusian citizens might have to pay lower Schengen visa fees, when applying for a visa to travel to the Schengen Area by next year. According to the head of the European Union Delegation to Belarus, Andrea Wiktorin, the EU and Belarus may sign the visa facilitation and readmission agreements by the end of 2018. Wiktorin,..

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New rules on reintroduction of Schengen internal border checks

The rapporteur of the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs Committee has assessed that the current Schengen Area internal border checks violate the EU law. The Civil Liberties Committee agreed on Monday on a report drafted by Fajon, which makes clear that the current border controls are no longer justified, and their [...]

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Gibraltar needs a differentiated process of withdrawing from EU, says territory’s chief minister

Gibraltar needs a different Brexit solution than the UK, its chief minister Fabian Picardo believes. During an interview for CNBC, Picardo insisted that due to the “differentiated membership” that the Gibraltar has with the EU, and the geographical position, the territory needs a solution different from that to the UK. “As you [...]

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An Avatar Is Going to Help Police Guard European Borders

A new artificial intelligence program with the face of an avatar could soon start functioning alongside border guards. The main task of iBorderCtrl program will be detecting people lying on who they are, their purpose of entry and where they are going. The avatar which is designed to detect people lying, through developed technology will..

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