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    • Norway to allow travel to and from European countries

      Norway to allow travel to and from European countries

      Norway will lift travel restrictions to and from European countries that meet criteria regarding their COVID-19 situation from 15 July, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Thursday. Norway, which is not a member of the European Union, but belongs to the passport-free Schengen travel zone, currently has some of the strictest travel restrictions in Europe.

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    • Spain to open borders for some non-Schengen countries on 30 June

      Spain to open borders for some non-Schengen countries on 30 June

      Spain’s government gives green light to people from outside of the EU and the Schengen area to fly to Spain for non-essential travel from 30 June, news wires reported. However, the Interior and Foreign ministries sources told El Pais that the regular routes would be re-established with countries that have new Covid-19 infections under control. “Japan and South Korea are not the same as Brazil,” a government source is quoted as saying.

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    • Citizens of 13 Schengen countries banned from entering Bulgaria

      Citizens of 13 Schengen countries banned from entering Bulgaria

      Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev issued late on Tuesday an order temporarily banning citizens of 13 Schengen area countries from entering Bulgaria. The ban applies for individuals from Italy, Spain, France, the UK and Northern Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Luxembourg and concerns all border checkpoints for air, sea, railway and road transport. It also applies to individuals originally from third countries.

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    • EU court will not settle Croatia-Slovenia border dispute

      EU court will not settle Croatia-Slovenia border dispute

      The European Union’s top court ruled on Friday that it had no jurisdiction to settle a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, news wires reported. Slovenia had argued that its fellow EU member could be sued under EU law because it was not implementing a 2017 border ruling by the intergovernmental Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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    • 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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