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Colombia and Peru fulfil criteria for visa-free access to Schengen area

Colombia and Peru fulfil criteria for visa-free access to Schengen area

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today (29 October) the Commission adopted two reports concluding that Colombia and Peru fulfil the relevant criteria, with a view to the negotiation of visa waiver agreements between each of these countries and the EU. “The significant improvements accomplished by Colombia and Peru in many areas in recent years mean that it is no longer […]

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Commission reports on state of Schengen area

Commission reports on state of Schengen area

The Schengen area of free movement is a unique achievement. Each year millions of European citizens make use of the possibility to travel freely to visit friends and family, make business trips or visit other Schengen countries as tourists. Today (26 May) the Commission adopted its fifth Schengen ‘health check’, a biannual overview on the […]

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Commission should apply lessons learned from its development of Schengen Info System to avoid similar delays and overspending on future IT projects, say EU Auditors

Commission should apply lessons learned from its development of Schengen Info System to avoid similar delays and overspending on future IT projects, say EU Auditors

A report published today (19 May) by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) states that the Commission delivered the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) over six years later than initially planned and at eight times the initial budget estimate. The delays and overspending occurred due to weaknesses in the Commission’s management in a challenging […]

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Cecilia Malmström welcomes signing of Visa Facilitation Agreement with Azerbaijan

Cecilia Malmström welcomes signing of Visa Facilitation Agreement with Azerbaijan

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today (29 November), the European Union and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas. “I am very pleased that the visa facilitation agreement has been signed. It will allow citizens from Azerbaijan to travel more easily to the Schengen area, as well as for EU citizens to travel to Azerbaijan. […]

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Commissioner Malmström welcomes agreement on migrant seasonal workers

Commissioner Malmström welcomes agreement on migrant seasonal workers

| November 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

“I very much welcome the agreement on the ‘Seasonal workers Directive’, reached between the Parliament and the Council. After more than three years of negotiations a good solution has been found, harmonising the conditions of entry and residence and the rights of migrant workers coming to the EU for seasonal work. Non-EU seasonal workers make a […]

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