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Portugal Not Only Refuses to Abolish the Golden Visa Scheme But Also Expands It With ‘Green Visas’

The Parliament of the Portuguese Republic has turned down a bill proposed by the opposition parties to abolish the Golden Visa Scheme.  The opposition came up with the bill after a report of the anti-corruption organization Transparency International in October 2018. The report concluded that the Golden Visa schemes are a gateway to Europe for..

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Presidents of EU Parliament and Commission Show Their Support for Romania’s Accession to Schengen Area

Voices supporting the admission of Romania into the Schengen Area have been raised immediately after the country took the rotating EU presidency. The European Parliament President Antonio Tajani called on the EU member states blocking Romania’s accession into the Schengen to “rethink their stance”. President Tajani insisted that [...]

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Poroshenko: Two Million Ukrainians Benefited From Visa-Free Regime With Schengen States, so Far

Around two million Ukrainian citizens have benefited from visa-free regime with the Schengen countries, since an agreement to abolish the regime between both parties came into force. According to a press release issued by the administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, more than two million Ukrainians traveled to the Schengen [...]

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EC discusses visa-reciprocity with US – decides against imposing visa requirements

The European Commission reported on the progress achieved in the past 12 month in visa reciprocity with the United States, in a meeting last week. During the meeting, the commissioners concluded that they will continue to engage with the United states in order to achieve visa-free travel to its 50 states for the five Member..

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EU Council Agrees to Amend Visa Information System Regulation, in a Bid to Enhance Security

The European Union Council has agreed on Wednesday, December 19, to negotiate the mandate of the Visa Information System (VIS), in a bid to strengthen security in the Schengen Area. The EU ambassadors agreed on the upgrade of the VIS, which was previously proposed by the European Commission in May this year. The proposal was..

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EU Commissioner Avramopoulos Says Kosovo Fulfilled All Visa Liberalization Criteria

The EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos has confirmed today, once again, that Kosovo has fulfilled all visa liberalization benchmarks. After the presentation of EU Commission’s annual report on the fulfilment of the visa liberalization benchmarks by the Western Balkan countries, Avramopoulos has [...]

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Schengen Nationals Can Now Travel to Saudi Arabia With an E-Visa

The nationals of the 26 Schengen member countries will no longer need to apply for a regular visa for traveling to Saudi Arabia. Instead, they will only need to apply online for an e-visa, thus avoiding all the time-consuming process for obtaining a visa. The Saudi Arabian e-visa will soon be launched and available for..

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Belgian PM suggests Visegrad countries should be expelled from Schengen

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has asserted that there is no place for the Visegrad countries in the Schengen Area. He said so to the journalists after a European summit during which the migration issue was discussed, claiming that the countries from the Visegrad group – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – are..

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EU Commission Confirms: Britons Will Need to Apply for ETIAS for Traveling to EU after Brexit

Britons will fall under the EU’s list of third world countries, after Brexit finally takes place. Less than four months away from the date this happens, the European Commission has given its final confirmation that UK nationals will need to pay to enter the EU countries for short-stay visits. Natasha Bertaud, the Coordinating Spokesperson for..

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EU Court of Justice Rules Passport Checks for Bus Passengers to Germany Are Illegal

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled on Thursday, December 13, that Germany should stop passport checks for coach transport passengers before entering or leaving the German territory. The decision of the ECJ is based on the Schengen Borders Code, which abolishes border checks between participating countries. Two coach travel operators [...]

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