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European #airline passengers face huge delays this summer

European #airline passengers face huge delays this summer

Thousands of flights recently had to be delayed because EU border controls are significantly understaffed to comply with tightened immigration checks — some passengers even missed their flights. During this busy summer travel season, airline travellers have become victims of the disproportionate impact that the implementation of a new EU Regulation is having on the […]

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Parliament asks Commission to press for full US-EU #visa reciprocity

Parliament asks Commission to press for full US-EU #visa reciprocity

The EU Commission is legally obliged to take measures temporarily reintroducing visa requirements for US citizens, given that Washington still does not grant visa-free access to nationals of five EU countries. In a resolution approved on Thursday (2 March), MEPs urge the Commission to adopt the necessary legal measures “within two months”.  The text prepared […]

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MEPs and Council negotiators agree to waive EU visa requirement for #Ukrainians

MEPs and Council negotiators agree to waive EU visa requirement for #Ukrainians

Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to the EU visa free under an informal deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday (28 February). Once the change enters into force, and provided they have biometric passports, they will be able to enter the EU for up to 90 days in any 180-day-period for […]

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Commissioner Avramopoulos welcomes the Council adoption of visa liberalisation for #Georgia and the revision of the visa suspension mechanism

Commissioner Avramopoulos welcomes the Council adoption of visa liberalisation for #Georgia and the revision of the visa suspension mechanism

| February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today (27 february), Commissioner Avramopoulos is in Tbilisi, Georgia, to welcome the adoption by the Council of the Commission proposal for visa liberalisation for Georgia. On this occasion he said: “I am very pleased with today’s final endorsement by the Council of the Commission’s proposal to grant visa liberalisation to Georgia. Today is a historic day for […]

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Ring of Pakistani #migrant smugglers prosecuted

Ring of Pakistani #migrant smugglers prosecuted

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Law-enforcement authorities of Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia, in strong co-operation with Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre, have dismantled an organized crime group that arranged the smuggling of migrants from Hungary to Italy. Coordinated investigations revealed that members of the smuggling network were Pakistani citizens who formed their criminal enterprise in Italy. More than 100 […]

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Mandatory checks at #EUExternalBorders: Deal done by MEPs and ministers

Mandatory checks at #EUExternalBorders: Deal done by MEPs and ministers

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a draft law informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Monday (5 December). These checks, designed to improve security inside the EU, would be mandatory for everyone. A key goal […]

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Luxembourg’s foreign minister says #Hungary should be expelled from #EU

Luxembourg’s foreign minister says #Hungary should be expelled from #EU

| September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Luxembourg’s foreign minister has called for Hungary to be thrown out of the European Union over its increasingly hostile approach to refugees, as campaigners accuse Viktor Orbán’s hardline government of whipping up xenophobia to block a European plan to relocate asylum seekers. Jean Asselborn said Hungary should be temporarily or even permanently expelled from the […]

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