Border controls

    • Greece restricts border crossings

      Greece restricts border crossings

      Greece will restrict its land border entry points into the country to just six, in order to better control the spread of coronavirus in view of the upsurge in cases in neighboring Balkan countries, government spokesperson Stelios Petsas announced on Monday. The decision envisions stricter rules for foreign seasonal workers, as well.

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    • First agreement with non EU country on border cooperation comes in force

      First agreement with non EU country on border cooperation comes in force

      Today, the agreement on border cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard and Albania will become operational. As stated by the EU Commission, this is the first agreement on operational cooperation to be signed with a neighbouring non-EU country, and also the first such agreement with an EU partner from the Western Balkans, to enter force since the launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

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    • Closing security gaps between information systems in EU

      Closing security gaps between information systems in EU

      The Parliament and the Council reached on Tuesday a political agreement on the Commission's proposal to close important security gaps by making EU information systems for security, migration and border management work together in a more intelligent and targeted way, the EU press service reported. This interoperable framework will ensure that border guards and police officers have access to the right information when and where they need it to perform their duties.

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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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