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#Schengen key to recovery: Interview with Civil Liberties Committee chairman

#Schengen key to recovery: Interview with Civil Liberties Committee chairman

| June 15, 2020

Juan Fernando López Aguilar  “Borders in the EU should reopen as soon as possible,” according to Juan Fernando López Aguilar, chair of Parliament’s civil liberties committee. Learn more in this interview. After months of free movement in the Schengen area being suspended, Parliament is calling for a swift and coordinated return to normal. Ahead of a vote on the […]

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Border controls in #Schengen due to #Coronavirus – What can the EU do?

Border controls in #Schengen due to #Coronavirus – What can the EU do?

| May 21, 2020

EU countries are relaxing COVID-induced border controls. Parliament wants a co-ordinated effort to restore a functioning Schengen zone as soon as possible. ©REUTERS/NACHO DOCE/AdobeStock  Travelling freely in the EU was until two months ago a given for most Europeans, but restrictions introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus meant the closing of internal borders […]

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#Schengen visa applications from #Kazakhstan citizens increase 26% since 2016

#Schengen visa applications from #Kazakhstan citizens increase 26% since 2016

| December 12, 2019

Schengen visa applications from Kazakh citizens have increased 26% in the past two years, reported Schengen Visa Info, writes Zhanna Shayakhmetova. After a five-year low of 124,735 applications in 2016, Kazakh passport holders have increased the number to 157,608, the highest indicator in the last half-decade. According to the most recent Schengen Visa statistics, embassies […]

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#Schengen – MEPs ready for negotiations on temporary checks at national borders

#Schengen – MEPs ready for negotiations on temporary checks at national borders

| September 25, 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs agreed to start negotiations with EU ministers to revise time limits and conditions for passport controls within the Schengen area. The Schengen Borders Code, currently under revision, allows member states to carry out temporary passport or identity card controls at internal borders within the Schengen area, in the event of a serious threat […]

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#ConsularProtection – Commission welcomes member states’ vote on new #EUEmergencyTravelDocument

#ConsularProtection – Commission welcomes member states’ vote on new #EUEmergencyTravelDocument

| June 20, 2019

The European Commission has welcomed the final approval by ministers from the member states for the Commission’s proposal to create a modern EU Emergency Travel Document. Since 1996, EU citizens who have their passports stolen or lose them while travelling abroad can obtain emergency travel documents from embassies or consulates of EU member states other than their […]

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#SecurityUnion – Reinforced Schengen system with terrorist alerts comes into force

#SecurityUnion – Reinforced Schengen system with terrorist alerts comes into force

| December 28, 2018

New rules to strengthen the Schengen Information System (SIS) – proposed by the Commission in December 2016 and adopted earlier this year – are entering into force today (28 December). The SIS is Europe’s most widely used information sharing system for security and border management. Consulted over 5 billion times by national authorities in 2017, […]

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Co-operation in migration as a condition for #EUVisas

Co-operation in migration as a condition for #EUVisas

| December 5, 2018

Visas to enter the EU will not be a carte blanche for all anymore. New harmonized and co-ordinated rules will ensure that it will be easier for legitimate travellers to enter while stricter security checks will make sure those who do enter do not pose a security risk. With these new rules, we will better […]

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