Schengen

    • EU creates first permanent border force

      EU creates first permanent border force

      The EU on Friday formally established its first permanent border corps, which will enforce Frontex with 10,000 officers by 2027, news wires reported.The adoption by Member States means that the EU border and coast guard agency for Schengen area will have personnel wearing its uniform and on its payroll who can be deployed to the bloc's external borders to handle crises or general management. Frontex currently has up to 1,500 officers active at any time but they are seconded to the agency by Member States for short missions, along with ships and aircraft.

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    • France tops  EU short-stay visa applications

      France tops EU short-stay visa applications

      Based on Schengen Visa statistics published by the European Commission’s department for Migration and Home Affairs last week, France received 4,010,604 visa applications in 2018, 1,030,034 of which were multiple-entry short-stay visas, an increase of 8.8% compared to the number of people who applied for a Schengen visa in 2017.

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    • Bavaria backs Bulgaria's Schengen accession

      Bavaria backs Bulgaria's Schengen accession

      "We support Bulgaria for Schengen," Bavarian Minister President Markus Soeder told a news conference after a one-to-one session with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the Council of Ministers here on Thursday. In his opinion, Bulgaria guards Europe's external borders remarkably and has achieved a lot for the European Union. Soeder is visiting Bulgaria at Borissov's invitation. They discussed bilateral cooperation in home affairs, security, economy and finance, as well as other issues on the European agenda.

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    • Temporary border controls in Schengen to be limited

      Temporary border controls in Schengen to be limited

      Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, MEPs insisted last Thursday. In a plenary vote establishing Parliament's position for negotiating with EU ministers, MEPs agreed that the initial period for border checks should be limited to two months, instead of the current six-month period, and border checks couldn't be extended beyond one year, halving the current maximum limit of two years.

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    • Strengthening Schengen

      Strengthening Schengen

      The Council adopted last Monday the Commission's proposal to strengthen the Schengen Information System (SIS), which is Europe's most widely used information sharing system for migration, security and border management, the EU press service reported. A political priority for 2018-2019 and a key element for the future interoperability of EU information systems, the reinforced SIS will help border guards and police to better track down dangerous criminals and terrorists.

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    • New rules for checks at national borders

      New rules for checks at national borders

      Internal border checks within the Schengen area would be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, the Civil Liberties Committee agreed on Monday. The draft report which was adopted by 30, to 13, with 12 abstentions also requires the the initial period for border checks for foreseeable events to be limited to two months, instead of the current six-month period.

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