Europe Borders

The leaders of several countries in the Balkans have met to discuss forming a new free-movement region in southern Europe modelled on the Schengen Area. On 9th November 2020, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, and North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev conducted an online meeting to discuss the “mini-Schengen initiative”, as […]

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz are among the leading voices calling for an overhaul of the way the Schengen Area manages its borders. Recent events have caused a number of EU leaders to demand tighter security measures at the region’s external borders and make reforms to the way the Schengen Area […]

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The coronavirus outbreak forced countries around the world, including the Schengen member states, to introduce travel restrictions and entry bans. The EU closed its external borders in March 2020. Non-EU citizens and residents were no longer allowed to enter the Schengen Area, although some exceptions applied. This was followed by the closure of internal Schengen […]

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Millions of people from across the globe travel to Europe each year. France, Spain, and Italy are some of the most popular EU tourist destinations whilst others arrive on business. With so many foreigners crossing the external borders, Europe has certain entry restrictions in place to keep residents and visitors safe. Depending on the country […]

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This March marks the 25th anniversary of the borderless Schengen Area. The agreement was designed in 1985,finally came into effect on 26th March 1995, and has since been of great benefit to Schengen residents as well as travellers across the globe. The Schengen Agreement was originally signed by just 5 countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, […]

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With the implementation of the new ETIAS visa waiver scheme towards the end of 2022, foreign nationals and citizens of the European microstates may be concerned about how the regulations will affect their travels. Do Andorran, Monaguesque, ‎Sammarinese, and Vanticanien passport holders need an ETIAS to travel to the rest of Europe? Do foreign citizens […]

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With Brexit an imminent reality, Gibraltar has indicated its desire to join the EU’s borderless Schengen area to ease travel concerns after Britain has left Europe. Britain left the European bloc officially on 31st January, 2020 and began an 11 month transition period in which it is negotiating the terms of a deal with the […]

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As of December 4th, 2019, Frontex —the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been granted additional responsibilities. The agency has also received new means to more efficiently assist EU countries and Schengen member nations in controlling their external borders. The newly enforced European Border and Coast Guard regulation paves the way for the foundation […]

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European Union authorities have signed an agreement with Serbia to cooperate in regards to border and coast management. This cooperation between the non-Schengen country and Frontex —the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is expected to increase security within the EU for both visitors and residents alike. The agreement was signed by Maria Ohisalo —Minister […]

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The European Parliament has approved new legislation which strengthens the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, known as Frontex, by supplying it with extra staff and equipment. The plan is to increase the number of operational staff to 10,000 by 2027 and focus on strengthening the region’s borders. The movement was passed with 403 votes […]

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