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

Romania and Bulgaria to Join the Schengen Area ‘immediately’ and Western Balkan to have a better integration prospect– said Juncker

Provoked by the Brexit events, the President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker in his annual speech about the situation of the EU this Wednesday, has called for the Romania and Bulgaria to be immediately added to the Schengen visa-free travel zone, for Croatia to get the full membership in the Schengen zone after.. read more →

14 Sep 2017

EU to Create General Search Engine for Data on Terrorist Activities

The European Union (EU) will create a general search engine for databases on terrorist activities that will improve the intelligence and security services of the member states, a diplomatic source from the regional bloc said on Friday. The spokesperson explained that ‘as part of the measures of the fight against terrorism, the European Agency for.. read more →

10 Sep 2017

EU Border Controls: Not to be REMOVED in November 2017

It seems that the end of EU border checks within the EU free-passport area, agreed in response to the massive influx of migrants of 2015 that invaded this area, is not very near. Despite that in May 2017 the European Commission set an objective, the removal in 11 November of the existing EU border controls.. read more →

29 Aug 2017

Klympush-Tsintsadze: Ukraine’s next goal is negotiations to join Schengen zone

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said that the next goal of Kyiv is the launch of negotiations on Ukraine’s joining the Schengen zone. “One of the tasks we set is the start of a dialog on Ukraine’s joining the Schengen zone,” she said in an interview with.. read more →

20 Jul 2017