Bulgaria and Romania will not join Schengen area this year

The decision on Bulgaria and Romania accession to the Schengen area has been postponed for next year, the European Commission informs. According to it, both countries have reached substantial programs on the way to the European visa-free zone, but they need to take additional efforts for it. Romania received 12 new instructions, Bulgaria 17, mostly.. read more →

16 Nov 2017

Schengen Visa Statistics for Kosovo Citizens – 2016

A total of 77,796 Kosovo citizens applied for a Schengen visa through the consulates in Kosovo, out of that number, 15,315 or 19.7% were not issued (refused entry to the Schengen area). Slovenia, Germany, and Switzerland were the countries with the largest number of refused visas for Kosovo citizens, while Italy, Finland and Greece were the.. read more →

01 Nov 2017

Germany: visa application services being outsourced to private companies

According to the Deutche Welle (DW),  Germany is ready to give up directing Schengen visa application process in embassies and consulates any longer. This means that the country is transferring the obligation of delivering such administrative services to 18 companies, which will work on behalf of Germany embassies and consulates. At present German Schengen visa.. read more →

25 Oct 2017

EU: ETIAS about to improve visa-free travelling pre-entry control

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), which assesses possible security risks of visa-free travelling to the EU, was adopted today (19 October) by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. GÁL Kinga, a member of the European Parliament (vice-chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs),.. read more →

19 Oct 2017

Schengen visa process “corruption” in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco

According to Middle East Monitor the EU fears of illegal activities on Schengen visa issuing practices in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, where as a result any Schengen visa issued in the last one year for such citizens of these countries is under EU investigations. At this point, it is suspected that a network of criminal.. read more →

18 Oct 2017

EP Approves Giving Bulgaria Partial Access to Schengen Visa Information System

The European Parliament approved on 4th of October a proposal to grant access to the visa information system (VIS) of the Schengen passport free-travel area to Bulgaria and Romania. “The Council decision would allow Bulgaria and Romania to consult and check VIS data, but without the right to enter, amend or delete them,” the European.. read more →

05 Oct 2017

The European Commission Urges Council of EU to Accept Bulgaria, Romania in Schengen

The European Commission said on Wednesday it is “high time” that Bulgaria and Romaniabecome full members of the Schengen area and urged the Council of the EU to take the necessary actions in this regard, SeeNews reported. Bulgaria and Romania have demonstrated their capacity to defend the EU’s external borders, and should therefore become members of the border-free zone, the Commission said.. read more →

29 Sep 2017

Croatia ready to meet all Schengen standards in 2018

More than 60 of the previously identified 98 recommendations for Croatia to join the Schengen Area have been implemented, Croatian daily Vecernji list reported on Tuesday. The paper cited the Croatian Interior Ministry’s determination to fulfill all of the European Commission’s recommendations so that the Council of the European Union (EU) can make a decision.. read more →

27 Sep 2017

Dutch Justice Minister: “Mandatory ID checks on Schengen flights from next year”

From next year, identity checks will be mandatory on all flights within the Schengen area, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice said, according to BNR. Earlier this week, the broadcaster reported that at least 10 airlines don’t do ID checks when passenger check-in on a flight within the Schengen area, making it easy for.. read more →

23 Sep 2017

The EU: To keep border control checks in the Schengen Area for at least two other years

The postponement of temporary internal border control checks, reintroduced in 2016 in the passport-free Schengen Area, is likely to happen for at least another two (2) more years to prevent any terrorist act – said Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos of the European Commission. According to what he said once he spoke.. read more →

18 Sep 2017