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EU Members Back Agreement to Strengthen EU Visa Rules

The EU Member States have backed today an agreement between the European Parliament and the EU Council on a proposal to strengthen the EU visa policy. The proposal has been drafted by the Commission in a bid to modernize the EU visa code, to facilitate traveling to the Schengen Area for tourism, trade and business,..

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Number of Asylum Seekers Using Visa-Free Travel to Enter the EU Is on the Rise

Though the number of new refugees coming to the EU has fallen to pre-2014 levels, the number of asylum seekers using the right of visa-free entry to the block is on the rise. According to a report of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), while the overall applications continued to fall in 2018, citizens from..

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Cyprus Approves Changes to Golden Visa Scheme, After EU Criticism

The cabinet of the Cypriot Government has approved several changes to its golden visa scheme. After a report of the European Council criticizing investor citizenship and residence schemes, Cyprus is the first EU country to take concrete steps to update its program. The cabinet approved a series of changes this week, in a bid to..

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LIBE Committee Backs New Measures to Strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard

More than two-thirds of the members of the European Civil Liberties Committee have backed a proposal for new measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard in order to enhance security.  The proposal includes a gradual rollout of a new standing corps of 10,000 operational staff and more efficient return procedures for irregular [...]

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Sweden Extends Border Controls for Another Three Months

The Swedish Government has decided to extend the internal border controls for another three months, assessing that “there is still a threat to public policy and internal security. According to a press release by the government of Sweden, the decision has been taken in accordance with EU common legislation and the control will continue until..

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Poland to Impose Temporary Border Control With Schengen Area for Mideast Summit

Poland will be reintroducing internal border checks at land, air and sea with the Schengen countries as a security measure for the upcoming ministerial conference on the Middle East. This year, Poland will be the host and co-organizer with the United States of America of the Mideast Summit, scheduled for 13-14 February. According to a..

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Commissioner Avramopoulos: Romania is ready to join Schengen

The European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos has once again reiterated that Romania has completed all criteria set and it deserves to become part of the Schengen Area. Commissioner Avramopoulos made these remarks in the Informal JHA Council held in Bucharest, the Romanian capital. In front of those present, Avramopoulos aid that the [...]

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Maltese National Audit Office Raises Concerns on Issuance of Malta Visas to Algerians Who Never Returned Home

After being criticized for its Golden Visa Scheme as a gateway to Europe for the corrupt and criminals, Malta has found itself come under fire once again. This time, for issuing visas to a number of Algerians, 75% of which were never registered to leave the Schengen Area. A press release on a report by..

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EU Ambassadors Agree to Grant UK Nationals With Visa-Free Travel to Schengen Area

The Council of the European Union has given the green light to a bill proposing visa-free access for UK nationals to the Schengen Area, upon Brexit. After the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament unanimously voted pro the exemption of UK nationals from the Schengen visa requirement, the EU ambassadors have also backed the..

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LIBE Committee Backs Visa-Free Access to EU for UK Citizens – Demands Reciprocity

The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament has unanimously voted pro the exemption of UK nationals from the Schengen visa requirement, upon Brexit. With 53 votes pro, the Committee backed the rules that enable UK passport holders to enter the EU countries visa-free, provided that the UK grants EU nationals traveling to Great Britain..

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